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Under a bright sunny sky, Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda MotoGp team clinched the Moto GP World Champion title at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan ahead of the three penultimate rounds in Phillip Island, Australia, Sepang, Malaysia and Valencia, Spain. Marquez won the race in a time of 42’34”.610.

Close rival Valentino Rossi, riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, crashed out 18 laps from the end of the race, putting paid to his championship hopes for 2016. Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, also did not finish the race, finding himself in the kitty litter five laps before the race finish.

Coming in second was Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team, 2.992 seconds behind Marquez, while Maverick Vinales of Team Suzuki Ecstar came in 4.01 seconds behind. Marquez also clocked the fastest lap of the day with a time of 1’45.576 at an average speed of 163.7 km/h.

With 273 points in the bag, Marquez now has an unassailable lead in the World Championship standings. Right behind is Valentino Rossi with 196 points and Jorge Lorenzo with 182, making it mathematically unlikely that anyone can challenge Marquez for the championship.

In the Moto3 event, Malaysian Adam Norrodin of Drive M7 SIC Racing Team came in ninth, with compatriot Khairul Idham Pawi, also known as “SuperKIP”, of Honda Team Asia, came in a disappointing 22nd. The MotoGP circus moves to the Phillip Island circuit on October 23, before heading to Sepang on October 30.