The Japanese GP at Motegi came to a forced ended thanks to the incessant rain that poured down on the circuit of the rising sun. Despite this, due the new regulations, the mid-race standings remained the same, guaranteeing full points to the riders, with an amazing Jorge Martin who was able to prevail in the rain over his rivals. The Spanish rider grabbed more points in the standings, taking him to -3 behind Bagnaia. A very open challenge between the two Ducati riders and, with six races to the end of the season, the Sprint points could prove to be the needle that tips scale.
Carlo Pernat’s comment:
“The championship is getting ever more interesting. Six GPs from the end, and only three points divide Bagnaia from Martin. It’s tough for Pecco. Martin is stronger now. At Motegi, the race was interrupted by the rain, but it still gave full scores, thanks to the regulations. As a demonstration of the Spanish rider’s skill, after going wide once, he managed to recuperate positions and win. He’s at his best, inside a bubble of concentration. Pecco can still be satisfied. After his fifth fall in India, he reached an excellent second place. And you could tell he was happy from the smile he had on the podium. This second place was more valuable than ever. The championship will last until the end, with sprint races becoming very important. Even a few points could make a difference. Too bad for Bezzecchi, who’s still in the melee for the title as far as points are concerned, but he falls too often and has lost a lot of points lately. The zeros are making a difference. Five for Pecco, only two for Martin. The Motegi race took place under a downpour. Race direction had to wait five extra minutes to allow the riders to change their visors. Speaking of Yamaha, we went back to the usual unfavorable show. Unlike in India, there was a lot of data available to the teams in Japan. It was a horrible race for Quartararo, who seems to have lost his will to compete. A good podium for Marquez too. An important result before he decides on his future. I think keeping an official team like Honda on its toes until October is something out of this world. I’ve never witnessed such a situation in my forty-three-year career, especially with a team like Honda, one of the biggest in the world. The next six GPs will be very tense. The key will be to stay focused. It’ll be a mentality duel, since the bikes are the same.”