MotoGP Japan: Valentino Rossi: No warning before Motegi misery.

Valentino Rossi's race and world championship hopes ended with a fall from second place in Sunday's Japanese MotoGP. The Italian, who had qualified on pole, overtook Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo a lap earlier and was pushing hard to try and catch leader Marc Marquez. But Rossi's front wheel folded at the slow hairpin on lap 7 of 24, sending the Doctor sliding into the gravel and leaving him to ponder a fourth non-score of the season. 

"First of all, I would like to say that I'm OK, fortunately no problems," said Rossi, who was momentarily trapped under his bike, "On the other hand it's a shame, because I was quite strong and I had a good pace. 

"Unfortunately my start was not fantastic and I lost positions to Marquez and Lorenzo. After that, Marquez was a bit faster than me to overtake Lorenzo, I lost a bit more time behind Lorenzo, but the pace was good. 

"I was able to push a lot to try and catch Marquez but unfortunately I lost the front. Sincerely, I felt nothing - not too fast, too wide or too deep - but I lost the front and logically I made a mistake." 

Rossi and Lorenzo - like most of the grid - chose the medium front and soft rear tyre combination. 

When Lorenzo also fell, in the closing stages, it confirmed Marquez as champion with three races still to go. 

Rossi and Lorenzo head to next weekend's Phillip Island round separated by 14 points in the fight to be title runner-up behind Marquez. 

Source: http://www.crash.net

RACE:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 34.610s
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 42m 37.602s
3. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 38.714s
4. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 39.336s
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 49.659s
6. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 42m 54.264s
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 57.642s
8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 3.165s
9. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 3.412s
10. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43m 6.940s
11. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 43m 17.455s
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 43m 26.829s
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 28.393s
14. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 43m 29.370s
15. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 34.765s
16. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 43m 39.050s
17. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 44m 17.576s
18. Mike Jones AUS Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) +1 lap
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF
Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF

Riders' World Championship:

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 273 points
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 196 points (-77) 
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 182 points (-91) 
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 165 points (-108) 
5. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 155 points (-118) 
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 124 points (-149) 
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 116 points (-157) 
8. Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 106 points (-167) 
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 96 points (-177) 
10. Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 84 points (-189) 
11. Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 82 points (-191) 
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 71 points (-202) 
13. Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 63 points (-210) 
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 62 points (-211) 
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 58 points (-215) 
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 55 points (-218) 
17. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 45 points (-228) 
18. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42 points (-231) 
19. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 36 points (-237) 
20. Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 29 points (-244) 
21. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 24 points (-249) 
22. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 17 points (-256) 
23. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 5 points (-268) 
24. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 3 points (-270) 
25. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1 points (-272) 
26. Nicky Hayden USA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1 points (-272) 

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