It has been another dramatic weekend with schedule changes and extreme weather conditions disturbing proceedings. However, this morning the MotoGP paddock woke up to sunshine for the first time this weekend. Once the early mist burned off, the morning Free Practice session was extended to 45 minutes as this was the only dry track time the teams had seen all weekend. Marc suffered a high speed crash in the session on a cold front tyre and was fortunate to avoid serious injury – he received an injection before the race to numb the pain.

Starting from 2nd (Marc) and 4th (Dani) on the grid, it was a fast dash into the first turn with Marc losing a place and Dani slipping back to 5th briefly. On lap two, Rossi made a mistake and both riders took advantage, closing in on pole man Lorenzo – leading the race. They rode in perfect formation with milliseconds separating them for the entire first half of the race. Dani started to lose touch with Lorenzo and Marc as they opened up a small gap. Having only experienced 45 minutes on a dry track at Motegi on the MotoGP machine, Marc was starting to have some issues. He attempted a few moves on Lorenzo but was unable to complete a pass and finally stopped pushing and settled for second place and important Championship points.

Behind the podium finishers, Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and LCR’s Stefan Bradl took 4th and 5th, delivering Honda four bikes in the top five.

Dani’s 3rd position now mathematically rules him out of the Championship chase, but Marc’s 20 points leaves him 13 ahead of title rival Jorge Lorenzo with just one round remaining of the 2013 season. The Valencia GP in two weeks time will be the title decider – the first time the title has gone down to the last race since Nicky Hayden in 2006, when he won the title for Honda.

With the 2nd and 3rd places in today’s Japanese GP the Repsol Honda Team have clinched the 2013 Teams Championship. Scoring a total of 598 points, the team are now 69 points ahead of their nearest rivals with only 45 to play for in Valencia. In total this season to date, Marc has scored a total of six x 1st’s, six x 2nd’s, 3 x 3rd’s and 2 x DNF’s. Dani has scored 3 x 1st’s, 6 x 2nd’s, 3 x 3rd’s, 2 x 4th’s, 1 x 5th and 2 x DNF’s. The team has celebrated 5 x 1-2 finishes and 10 x double podiums.

Marc Marquez

“Second place today is a very good result. After my crash in warmup, I knew that it would be difficult to be consistent - because in the morning I hadn't managed that either. This was my first time at this track with a MotoGP bike and in practice I was unable to get any references in the dry, leaving me with only the warmup and the race in which to find my way. I saw that Jorge was a little stronger than us here and I had a couple of scary moments, making me decide that twenty points and the gap being reduced by only five points would be a decent result. There is only one race remaining - the most important of the year - so we shall try to be more focused than ever at Valencia"

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a bit of a boring race for me, because I tried to give everything but I had a lot of problems exiting the corners; I was unable to get on the gas fully and I lost a lot of time to Marc and Jorge. I was third for the entire race, trying to hold onto them. However, at the midway point of the race my pace started to become slower than theirs. Now we have to focus on the next race, in Valencia, where we shall try to do as well as possible”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 17   Japan

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 42'34.291
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.188
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.592
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 13 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +19.755
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 11 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +22.810
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +24.637
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +27.496
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +30.969
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 6 Ducati Team Ducati +42.944
11 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN 5 Yamaha YSP Racing Team Yamaha +53.345
12 Edwards Colin 5 USA 4 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'03.213
13 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 3 Power Electronics Aspar ART +1'06.840
14 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 2 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +1'08.218
15 Hernandez Yonny COL 1 Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati +1'18.240
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Blusens FTR +1'19.108
17 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'21.174
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1'30.546
19 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +2'23.358
20 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1 Lap
21 Cudlin Damian 50 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1 Lap
22 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda +1 Lap
23 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Power Electronics Aspar ART DNF
24 Scassa Luca 23 ITA 0 AB Motoracing ART DNF
25 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
Location Information

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became… read more.

Length 4.801 kilometres / 2.983 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles
Constructed 1997

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps

www.twinring.jp/english

Records

Pole Position 1m 43.790s (166.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 45.350s (164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2015 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)