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Supercars race abandoned after torrential downpour on Gold Coast

‘‘It’s all over for us this year,’’ Whincup told Fox Sports.

‘‘Car 97 (van Gisbergen) is still well in the charge and we’ll do all we can to help them get it done.’’

A disconsolate Dumbrell, who won Bathurst alongside Whincup in 2012, could only curse his luck after the race was suspended shortly after his accident.

Rain on the parade: Gold Coast crowds take cover amid the downpour.

Rain on the parade: Gold Coast crowds take cover amid the downpour.Credit:AAP

‘‘There’s 25 other guys and girls that didn’t hit the fence and I did,’’ Dumbrell said. ‘‘I misjudged it and got it all wrong.’’

The 36-year-old hinted his time as Whincup’s co-driver could now be over, with speculation rife Craig Lowndes will take over in the role next year when the veteran quits full-time racing.

‘‘It has been good and I’ll reflect on it one day and say I’ve enjoyed the times … but we’ve all got to retire one day, don’t we?’’ Dumbrell said.

If the race is Dumbrell’s last he ends his career with seven wins from 299 Supercars race starts including the 2012 Bathurst title and a trio of Sandown 500 titles in 2013, ’14 and ’18.

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1. Scott McLaughlin 3368
2. Shane Van Gisbergen 3354
3. Jamie Whincup 2935
4. Craig Lowndes 2925
5. David Reynolds 2687
6. Chaz Mostert 2438
7. Fabian Coulthard 2354
8. Rick Kelly 2281
9. Scott Pye 2248
10. Nick Percat 2053

* Spain’s Marc Marquez has wrapped up his third straight MotoGP championship with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix after title rival Andrea Dovizioso fell on the penultimate lap while trying to find a way past him.

The 25-year-old Honda rider is now tied with Australian Mick Doohan on five premier class world titles, with only Italian’s Valentino Rossi (seven) and Giacomo Agostini (eight) having won more.
Marquez, who had sealed two of his previous titles at Motegi, moved 102 points clear of Ducati’s Dovizioso with three races remaining.

Copping a spray: Spanish rider Marc Marquez celebrates his MotoGP victory in the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo.

Copping a spray: Spanish rider Marc Marquez celebrates his MotoGP victory in the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo.Credit:AP

Dovizioso started on pole and led for most of the race before Marquez, who had started sixth on the grid, made his move with four laps left. Marquez had been on the Italian’s tail for much of the race and the pressure eventually told on the Ducati rider as he relinquished the lead.

Dovizioso attempted to move back past Marquez on the penultimate lap but pushed too far and came off. He recovered but eventually finished 18th.

That left Marquez knowing he was going to secure his fifth title as he completed his final lap, shaking his head in disbelief.

‘‘I feel really, really good,’’ said Marquez after celebrating with the Honda team and company CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

Powering home: Marc Marquez after crossing the finish line to win the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Powering home: Marc Marquez after crossing the finish line to win the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix.Credit:AP

‘‘After Aragon I already felt, I already imagined that it will be here, but the good thing is when you have the first chance (to win the title), you do it.’’

Marquez pipped Dovizioso on the final lap of the Thailand Grand Prix last time out and while he did not leave it quite as late at Motegi the result was the same.

‘‘I was able to follow Andrea, then I say OK, I will try to use the same strategy as Thailand, attack before the last lap because I felt like they had something,’’ he said.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was second and another Spaniard, Alex Rins, third for Suzuki.

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