Marc Marquez secured his eighth world championship in style by fending off Fabio Quartararo at the last corner to win the Thai Grand Prix!
Despite taking pole, we all knew that the Yamaha’s would struggle in race pace -once again- thanks to their lack of horsepower. They nearly got away with it in Misano, thanks to the lack of straights. Sadly, Buriram has a few long straights so Yamaha knew it wouldn’t be easy.
Despite this, Quartararo nearly managed to bring home his first MotoGP win. The Frenchman was passed on the back straight, with one lap to go. However, Quartararo went for a block pass move like Dovizioso failed at last year in Thailand but succeeded at this year in Austria. Sadly for Yamaha and Quartararo, he was just too late on the brakes and Marquez squared him up to take the win and the world championship.
Rounding off the podium was Maverick Vinales and just like Misano, he just doesn’t have the pace of Quartararo and Marquez. Marquez’s only rival who could mathematically stop him was Andrea Dovizioso who managed to finish in 4th.
The two Suzuki’s of Alex Rins and Joan Mir finished 5th and 7th respectively with Franco Morbidelli sandwiched in between the two. The final Yamaha of Valentino Rossi finished down in 8th.
Jack Miller was looking very promising on the Pramac Ducati but sadly he stalled his bike on the grid resulting in a pitlane start. Miller would eventually come over the line in 14th.
Elsewhere, Cal Crutchlow’s struggles continued as he managed to bring home his LCR Honda in 12th.
Article by Ollie Cassidy