Marc Marquez again demonstrated his incredible skill in mixed conditions, securing his 90th career pole position in front of Honda’s home crowd as Jorge Lorenzo benefitted from late improvements.
The predicated rain hit Motegi from late Friday evening and persisted throughout the morning on Saturday. Free Practice 3 began in soaking wet conditions but with no sign of the rain easing, riders quickly headed out on track to assess conditions. Both Repsol Honda Team riders were able to steadily improve their times throughout the session Marc Marquez ending the session in second and Jorge Lorenzo in 22nd.
Free Practice 4 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit saw the circuit begin to dry, Marc Marquez showing incredible confidence in the mixed conditions to go 1.342 seconds faster than his nearest opposition. This confidence carried on through to Q2 where the freshly crowned eight-time World Champion took pole position – his first at the Japanese track in the premier class.
As a result, Marquez has now started from pole position at every circuit on the current MotoGP calendar in the premier class. The 1’45.763 lap also earned him the 90th pole position of his Grand Prix career and his 62nd in the premier class, continuing to extend his pole position record.
A drying track during Free Practice 4 limited Jorge Lorenzo’s running as he focused his attentions on Q1 and avoided any unnecessary risks in the mixed conditions. Lorenzo’s times improved with each lap of the 15-minute Q1 session, ultimately setting a best time of 1’48.492 for 19th on the grid. Unfortunately due to the mixed conditions, Lorenzo was unable to improve on the pace he showed on Friday but is confident he can be strong once again in the dry.
Sunday’s 24-lap Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time. Tomorrow’s MotoGP race presents Honda with their first chance to win the 2019 Constructors World Championship, needing to concede no more than two points to chief rivals Ducati.
Japanese Grand Prix Qualification Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'45.763|
|2||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.132|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.181|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.327|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.426|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.574|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.647|
|8||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.664|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.795|
|10||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.795|
|11||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.837|
|12||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.853|
|13||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1'46.998 Q1|
|14||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.596|
|15||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.656|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||0.896|
|17||Kallio Mika||82||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.981|
|18||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.123|
|19||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.494|
|20||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.524|
|21||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2.188|
|22||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2.245|
|23||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||No Time Set|
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|
|Longest straight||0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2019 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|