Andrea Dovizioso wins a wet Japanese MotoGP after an epic battle with Marc Marquez, which - like in Austria - went down to the final corner...

Dovizioso has now cut Marquez's title lead to just eleven points heading into Phillip Island next weekend.

Jack Miller missed the event after breaking his right tibia in a trials incident on September 29 and was replaced by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger has returned to Germany to undergo tests for a suspected recurrence of the Epstein Barr virus and was replaced by Kohta Nozane, who injured his hand on Saturday.

Fellow Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga was competing as a wild-card...

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 47m 14.236s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 47m 14.485s
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 47m 24.793s
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 47m 33.081s
5. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 47m 37.218s
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 47m 38.700s
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 47m 42.246s
8. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 47m 43.711s
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 47m 50.811s
10. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 48m 2.742s
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 48m 10.593s
12. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 48m 14.417s
13. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 48m 15.216s
14. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 48m 17.354s
15. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 48m 17.750s
16. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 48m 18.398s
17. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 48m 20.507s
18. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 48m 27.486s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF
Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) DNF
Kohta Nozane JPN Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) DNF
* Rookie

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.

By Peter McLaren



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Dovi and Marquez!!! Dogfight!

Great race. It just gets better.  Dovi brought t home from the third row. That may be the ride of the season there. Wow. Brilliant.

Congrats to both of them. That was amazing.

My God I was out of breath on the last Lap. AMAZING!!!

I should add, congrats to Iannone and Rins. It's been a hard year for Suzuki, and they deserve some good fortune.

Nice work from Lorenzo to come back from 10th after dropping down through the field after Zarco's over the top pass nearly bounced him off the track. Great work from Aleix too. Zarco ahead of Vinales was a good result for him, but disappointing for Vinales. Yamaha has some problems to solve now.

one marquez already won a hour before. another marquez mybe too much. Dovi must be very satisfied by outdone marc in the same way as in Austin but in more controlled way. I couldn't understand why lorenzo fast in the beginning, drop pace and go fast again towards the end...

Hard racing in the rain = respect.

I think everyone who's a motorcycle racing fan was holding their breath during that battle. Where are all the people who were saying Dovi wasn't risking enough for the championship? He risked it all to win that race there. Plus, Marquez just CAN'T beat Dovi in a one-on-one duel. It'll be such a shame if Dovi doesn't win the title. Man has ridden out of his mind this season. Imagine now if Ducati had picked Iannone over him...ha.

Shame about Dani and Rossi. Final nail in the coffin for their championship hopes. You just know that Dani's going to have a bad race if the race is fully wet. He has to figure out a way to perform in these conditions next year otherwise that world championship will continue to elude him. Vinales should be out of it as well. Surely it's between Marc and Dovi now.

Phillip Island can't come soon enough.


of course dovi wasnt risking enough. Did you even saw the last races? Today he did risk something because he had too. If not today, when?

Dovi said it in Assen he could fought with Marc and Cal for the podium, but he prefered to think about the championship. He was like a hamster and missed a lot points. If he keeps riding like today he has good chances.

And marc cant beat dovi one on one? You didnt saw marc overtaking dovi 2 times at aragon? Dovi won in the finish always when his Ducati was superior. In Austria and today, even if it was close the ducati was the bike of the day. I wanna see how dovi beats mark when his bike isnt working perfectly? Where was dovi at aragon? When marcs honda isnt the best bike he still can win, when dovis bike isnt the best he cant even reach the podium. So if you compare things then do it properly. 

i would wish dovi to win the title, he deserve it like marquez do. both are outstanding riders of this season. the better guy will win, hopefully no crashes.

Yeah, I've seen the last few races and in the last few races Dovi finished 7th at Aragon, finished 3rd at San Marino, won at Austria and won at Silverstone. What do you expect of him? To challenge for the win and podium every race?? Dovi's been competitive at 80% of the tracks this season and he's always challenged for the win and been on the podium whenever possible. Why not talk about the number of times he's won races and finished on the podium this season? How many times has Marquez settled for not being on the podium and decided to not to take the risk for the win because of the championship? It's called being sensible, not being the "hamster". You can't expect a rider's bike to challenge for the podium and the win for all 18 races on the calender.

Compare things properly? You are trying to compare Marc to Dovi but their bikes and riding styles are completely different. That's not comparing things properly. Marc always pushes to that Honda to the limit and make his bike look better than it actually is. That's just his riding style and you can't compare it to any other rider. Dovi has his own smooth and calculated style. Where was Dovi at Aragon? Well, do you know that Dovi has crashed only once this season at Argentina (I think that wasn't his fault either)? Marc has decked the thing 3/4 times already. That's why he's not already champion. Dovi has consistently been racking up the points the whole season and you don't need to consistently be on the podium or win every single race to do that.

I agree on the last bit though. Both are excellent riders and may the best rider win the championship.

What a load of nonsense