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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