Before we dive into Marc Marquez’s performance at the Japan Grand Prix this past weekend, we want to congratulate both Marquez and Repsol Honda on not only another 1st place podium finish but for a 7th World Champion title – together they have proven to be unstoppable.
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So, Marquez came up from position #6 on the grid and cranked out another 1st place podium finish with a tough battle throughout the entire race. We are here to tell you where exactly Marquez excelled on the circuit compared to his opponents and where he has areas of improvement going forward.
The 2018 MotoGP season has proven to be a maturing season for Marquez as his riding continues to become a bit more “tame” and consistent. The past 16 races have shown great improvement in sector consistencies which matched with his historically dominant sector times, is unstoppable. With that said, consistency was not Marquez’s strong point during the Japan GP.
Where did Marquez shine? SECTOR SPEED! His sector 1, 3, and 4 speeds were dominant over the other riders with Cal Crutchlow close behind. So overall Marquez spent the least amount of time moving through sectors 1, 3, and 4, explaining his quick progression to the front of the pack and his ongoing battle for 1st.
So if Marquez had the fastest sector times for 3 out of the 4 sectors why was there such a frequent change in leading position throughout the race? I have one word for you: consistency. Marquez did not show the level of consistency that he has been carrying throughout the 2018 season. He held an unmatched consistency in sector 2 but did not maintain this through the other 3 sectors.
It is no secret that Marquez is one of the fastest riders to race these circuits, but his success will begin to depend more and more on consistency as other riders start cranking out similar sector times. Going forward we hope to see the same level of fight out of #93 with the unbeatable sector times and continuously improving sector consistency.