Marc Marquez finishes fourth in Japan

After a bad start, Marc Marquez has had a good performance in the second half of the race, finishing fourth.

The fifteenth round of the season began with a poor start for Marc Marquez, who were down in sixth during the opening lap. It was a tough race for Marquez, who on the second lap needed two attempts to overtake Iannone. Lap after lap, he lost ground on the top four before increasing his pace in a similar style to his teammate after the midway point. He overcame an 8-second gap to Andrea Dovizioso, reaching him with five laps remaining and passing him the next time around. Fourth position for the reigning World Champion gives him a further 13 points and keeps him third in the World Championship with 197.

MotoGP action returns next week in Australia, at the Phillip Island circuit.

Marc Márquez: It was a difficult Sunday. In the wet, right from the warm up it was difficult to find the ideal setup and I didn’t feel entirely comfortable. We made some small changes for the race, so as not to take too many risks, but I never felt good and in the end we finished fourth. My hand didn’t give me too many problems in the wet, in the dry it would have been more difficult. Now we have to take away information from this Sunday and I look forward to going to Phillip Island, which is a circuit that should be better for us and is one of my favourites. I’d also like to send my best wishes to Alex De Angelis – we are all thinking of him.