“Three, plus one.”

Hey folks, Dre here with the first in a two and four wheeled Double Header this past weekend, as the MotoGP crazy train started its first of a Triple Header back-to-back across the Asian part of the world, with the Japanese Grand Prix from the Twin Ring Motegi circuit! No pressure on Honda with it being Honda’s home race or anything…

In this Review we’ll talk about Jorge Lorenzo’s most irrelevant ever victory, Marc Marquez sealing his second MotoGP Championship, Thomas Luthi’s first win in over 2 years, Maverick Vinales stunning form, and wrapping up Moto3, where Jack Miller’s penultimate corner mistake may have sealed Alex Marquez’s birthday and Christmas presents, all in one late breaking package! Here’s what I made of Japan, 2014!


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You may have missed it, but Jorge won!

Yeah, I feel bad for Jorge on this one. His 33rd top class victory was a brilliant ride given the circumstances, from 5th on the grid, and the execution was VINTAGE Jorge Lorenzo. Get a brilliant start to counter your weak qualifying, go all-out early on to take the lead then start setting the metronome by setting stupidly fast laps for the rest of the race. It’s a formula that if you let happen, he’s nearly impossible to beat.

Jorge’s form has been unreal in the second half of the season – Six straight Top 2 finishes with back-to-back wins, which we haven’t seen since Marquez’s streak of 10. All of a sudden, Jorge looks prime candidate to get that 2nd place in the Championship back, a streak going back to 2009.

It’s great to see Jorge come back and be at his best after a season filled with struggles in terms of recovering from pre-season surgeries, and adapting to a bike that more favoured Rossi in the early going. The status quo is definitely returning. If only we had THIS Lorenzo from the start…

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Let’s be real, this was Marquez’s coronation

Was it ever in doubt? Took him probably a race longer than he would have liked, but Marc Marquez sealed his second consecutive title in MotoGP, his 3rd consecutive world title in all classes, and 4th overall. We’ve now held him to such a standard, where starting 4th on the grid and finishing 2nd, is “average” to him. THAT’S how good he is now.

Marquez hasn’t had things go his way, and was in a shaky run of form in Misano and Aragon, but he bounced back here, beat his two major rivals in Rossi and Pedrosa convincingly when it mattered, and for the first time, Honda had taken a Championship at home.

And it was a wonderful celebration as well, very Rossi-esque. Releasing a balloon being very spiritual, a Samurai with a sword, epitomizing the Japanese culture down to the ground. Wonderful showmanship, and touching scenes with his brother, and in the paddock when Valentino Rossi said: “Congratulations, you little bastard!”