It was a toughly fought battle for pole position in Motegi, with several riders vying for the top spot and ten riders within six seconds of each other. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez at times both led the session but on his final lap, in the penultimate corner, Dani lost the front end of his Honda RC213V and with it the chance to take pole position and his time of 1’44.755 placed him 3rd behind Dovizioso and Rossi.

Teammate and Championship leader Marc Marquez was also battling for pole and missed out on a front row start by just 0.020s. His time of 1’44.775 places him 4th for tomorrow’s 24 lap race, where he has his first opportunity to seal the 2014 World Championship.

Dani Pedrosa

“I’m happy today because we had a good qualifying session and were setting some good times. Unfortunately I crashed on the last lap, almost at the final corner, when I was going quickly to try to get pole position. Luckily I'm fine and tomorrow I will try to use this front row spot to get a good start. It could be a very tight race, because there are many riders who have shown a good pace and this is a circuit that allows for very close lap times. We’ll see what happens but we will strive to do our best and we will remain fully focused. It will be important to ride with skill and bravery.”

Marc Marquez

"I'm happy, even though we didn't achieve our goal of getting onto the front row, because we have improved ahead of tomorrow. The pace that we have is good. It's a pity that we didn't find a perfect lap in qualifying, but we are confident for tomorrow and ready to fight for the win. Our pace is similar to that of Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo and this is important. We also shouldn't overlook Dovizioso, who also has a very good pace on race tyres.”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 15   Japan

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.502
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.557
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.755
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.775
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.784
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'44.854
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'44.867
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.898
9 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'45.005
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.044
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'45.315
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'45.677
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'45.971
14 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Aspar Team Honda 1'46.465
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'46.499
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'46.796
17 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP Yamaha 1'46.876
18 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'46.915
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'46.948
20 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'47.092
21 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'47.757
22 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'48.144
23 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'48.185
24 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'48.261
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)