28 Oct 2013

Lorenzo's Japan win keeps keep title race alive

6:25 am on 28 October 2013

World motorcycle champion Jorge Lorenzo has won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez to ensure the MotoGP title race goes down to the final round of the season at Valencia next month.

The Yamaha rider rode a brilliant race from pole position, holding off rookie Marquez for 22 laps at the Motegi Twin Ring track and frustrating his fellow Spaniard's championship ambitions for the second week in a row.

Honda rider Marquez still leads the championship by 13 points, however, and a fourth place finish in Spain on November 10 will guarantee he becomes the youngest champion in the 64 years of the premier class of grand prix racing.

The 20-year-old's team mate Dani Pedrosa finished third, ending his slim hopes of winning the title, while Honda's Alvaro Bautista ensured a Spanish sweep of the top four places.