With his eighth riders' title already secured, a weight has been lifted from Marc Marquez's shoulders ahead of this weekend's Japanese MotoGP.

But the Spaniard will have plenty of motivation to fight for a tenth victory of the season on Sunday, since it could well hand Honda the constructors' title in front of their home fans.

Honda is presently 77 points clear of Ducati and needs an advantage of at least 75-points over its nearest rival by the end of the Motegi race to be mathematically out of reach.

In terms of the teams' standings, Jorge Lorenzo's woes mean that Repsol Honda is currently trailing the Ducati Team by 19 points, yet Marquez's single-handed heroics mean Repsol have cut the deficit for the past four races.

Should Marquez drag Repsol ahead of Ducati by the end of the season it would be a truly remarkable feat, given that his team-mates (Lorenzo and injury replacement Stefan Bradl) have currently contributed just 33 of Repsol Honda's 358 points!

“It is a special feeling to bring the World Championship home to Honda," Marquez said. "In previous years I have been able to win the title there, but now I will be able to visit all of the people in Honda and HRC who helped make 2019 possible behind the scenes.

"Now it is the time to push for the other titles, there is still the Constructor and Team titles to help Honda win. I am looking forward to racing in Motegi because it is Honda’s home race and the Japanese fans are very special.”

A further win for Marquez would be his 54th in MotoGP, putting him equal with Mick Doohan as the most successful Honda rider in premier class history.

 

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