Last but three weekend of races for the 2018 season, the Motegi GP, in Japan, was the weekend of the consecration of Marc Marquez, World Champion for the seventh time, but also the weekend of the first podium for our Darryn Binder in Moto3 and the excellent Suzuki podium with Alex Rins.

Let’s go with order, starting as usual from Moto3. Qualifications dominated by Gabriel Rodrigo with two wonderful performances by Darryn Binder, gritty and fighter like never before, and the Japanese rookie Kazuki Masaki, eighth on the grid and galvanized by the home GP. During the race, on Sunday, our Darryn is combative and never gives up the fight for the podium throughout the race, taking the lead in the last laps, dueling with Dalla Porta and Bezzecchi up to the finish line; in the end it will be third, just one millisecond from the second, Dalla Porta, and 42 by the triumphant Bezzecchi. A really good race, a great weekend faced with determination and the first podium in his young career.

Let’s move to Moto2, where the fight for the World Championship is still open and the duelists, Bagnaia and Oliveira, must win at all costs to try to take advantage of the other and get closer to the final victory. Qualifying in chiaroscuro for our Brad Binder, who is placed in the fourth row just behind his teammate. The Sunday race was quite different, and the young South African fights and competes to improve his position on the grid; and he succeeds, placing fifth at the checkered flag, 8 tenths from the podium but above all gaining points for the world rankings, which after this GP sees him in third place behind Bagnaia and Oliveira. In the next races he will have to defend the third place from Baldassarri but we are sure that the talented South African will fight with determination to get on the podium.

In MotoGP the premise was a great battle, especially between Marquez, one step away from the title, and Dovizioso, the only one able to worry the Spanish champion. Good qualifying for Suzuki in the home race, with Iannone fifth and Rins eighth, proving to be competitive for the race on Sunday. The race has kept the predictions in terms of spectacularity, with the trio Marquez-Dovizioso-Crutchlow to battle for the final victory, that went to the Spanish rider benefiting from the Dovizioso slip two laps from the end thus confirming Marquez World Champion for the seventh time. Suzuki fought until the end and, despite the fall of Iannone, they got the sixth podium of the season with Alex Rins, just two tenths from the second, Crutchlow.

Great weekend for the Japanese company, who confirms the improvements and is a candidate to be one of the team protagonists of next season, not to mention that there are still three GP where the Suzuki riders will fight to increase the number of podium and maybe get the first seasonal victory!

Thus closes the second Asian appointment of the season, with a certainty, the World Champion Marc Marquez, and two verdicts yet to be assigned: in Moto3 with the duel Martin-Bezzecchi and in Moto2 with that between Bagnaia and Oliveira.

Appointment then in seven days in the beautiful track of Phillip Island, where the show will certainly not fail and where our heroes will be ready to entertain us as usual!
Stay tuned!