Moto GP: Marc Marquez wins world championship in Japan

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Spain’s Marc Marquez has won his second Moto GP world championship in Japan today.

The 21-year-old has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his premier class debut at the beginning of 2013, in a season that saw him become the first rookie to win the world title since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.

In 2014, Marquez has gone from strength to strength, winning all of the first ten races of the year. Although he was unable to keep his hopes of a perfect season going, he has done enough to win the championship with three races remaining.

Marquez started the race from fourth place in Japan, and although he could not beat compatriot Jorge Lorenzo to the race win, in second place, he scored the required points to secure the title. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished third.

For Marquez, the victory was made all the sweeter by the fact that it came at the home race for his team, Honda, at Motegi in Japan.

“It was hard to overtake and I didn’t want a mistake,” Marquez said. “I had two mistakes in the last races but we got the title! It’s incredible to take it at home. Thanks to my family and Honda.

“Just two years in Moto GP with two titles is incredible. Maybe for the people it looks easy because I’m always smiling, but there is a lot of pressure. Misano and Aragon we made some mistakes so it was important to focus here for Honda. I’m really happy with my team and family and fans, they’re all pushing me. It’s like a dream right now.”

With three races remaining, Marquez will be hoping to add to his haul of 11 wins in 2014 as he plots to secure a hat-trick of titles next season.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis