Moto GP Japan – The Race under the Rising Sun

The race in India is now archived. Marco Bezzecchi capitalized on the unpredictability of the Buddha International Circuit and clinched a victory that further fueled the tension at the top of the standings. Ducati asserted its dominance with Bezzecchi and Jorge Martín securing the top two positions, while Fabio Quartararo from Yamaha secured third place. An important storyline unfolded as Pecco Bagnaia suffered a significant loss in championship points, narrowing the gap to just 13 points between him and Jorge Martín.

After the unfamiliar terrain of the Indian subcontinent, it’s time for a well-known track. The Mobility Resort Motegi is a familiar place for the riders, offering a circuit filled with unique challenges and narratives. With the championship battle heating up, the Grand Prix of Japan promises thrilling racing and an enticing competition for betting enthusiasts. The overarching question is whether Ducati can maintain their supremacy or if another team will emerge to challenge the Italian powerhouse.

Marc Márquez and Joan Mir have shown that the Repsol Honda Team will also have something to say on their home turf. After a crash, Marc Márquez managed to finish in 9th position, and Joan Mir crossed the finish line in fifth place.

Francesco Bagnaia remains the top favorite. Despite a poorer result in India, his consistency throughout the season still makes him the top contender in Japan.

Jorge Martín is close behind him, having had a fantastic season. With an excellent performance in India, he managed to reduce the gap to just 13 points. The Spaniard has become the primary threat to the leading Bagnaia, and it appears that Jorge is ready to challenge for the top spot.

Marco Bezzecchi comes to Japan with great confidence. Throughout the season, he has been a podium contender, and his victory in India speaks volumes about his potential to perform well once again.

Brad Binder and Fabio Quartararo, despite having longer odds, emerge as intriguing wild cards in this race. Binder’s consistency has placed him fourth in the overall standings, while Quartararo, although lower on the odds list, has demonstrated his ability to secure podium finishes. Both riders have the capability to upset the established order and introduce an element of surprise at Motegi.

For the most optimistic, there are also Mark Márquez, Aleix Espargaro, and Johann Zarco. They may not be among the top favorites, but they certainly have the skill to surprise.

Most predictions will place Francesco Bagnaia as the top favorite. However, let’s spice things up a bit:

1. Jorge Martín2. Francesco Bagnaia3. Brad Binder

The rising sun awaits a new champion.


written by: Mladen Radosavljevic