After displaying a strong pace in every session at the Japanese Grand Prix, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez set the third fastest time of the day at the end of a thrilling qualifying session on a drying Motegi track.

After switching from rain tyres to slicks for his second time attack, the 24-year-old Spaniard was unable to improve on the time that had until then put him on provisional pole.

Nonetheless, his 1’53.903” time, set despite a big slide in the final corner, was quick enough to earn him his 11th front-row start of this season, less than half a second from pole-setter Johann Zarco.

Recovering from a difficult start to the weekend, Dani Pedrosa consistently improved his pace and speed and tomorrow will line up in sixth place, on the second row.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'53.903

“The result is good but clearly the slicks today weren’t the right choice, as it was a bit too early for them. Anyway, you always have to look at the positive side of things, which in this case, firstly is that we’re still on the front row, as we had already done a very good lap time on rain tyres; and secondly is that we managed to understand a few things in case of a flag-to-flag race. I’m also happy I saved a crash when I set my fastest time and avoided my team missing dinner tonight! I think we’ve had a good weekend so far, being able to do well in every session in the wet, keeping a fast pace in quite challenging conditions, and that’s very positive. Tomorrow it looks like it will rain again, but we’ll see; we could also have mixed conditions, and in that case we will have to be ready for every situation”.

Dani Pedrosa

6th 1'54.342

“Today qualifying was difficult, as the conditions were changing and the track was drying. I didn’t feel at ease with the tyres in my first exit, as I suffered too much spinning. I stopped and changed the tyres and I felt better, so I was able to improve my lap time. Mixed conditions are always challenging for making the right choices regarding the bike setting, but today we worked a lot on the electronics and understood more about the track itself when it’s completely wet and when it’s half-and-half. Now we have to wait for tomorrow, see what the weather will be like, and try to be ready for the race.”

MotoGP 2017
Qualifying Round 15   Japan

Qualifying Results

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'53.469
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'53.787
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'53.903
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'53.947
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'54.235
6 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.342
7 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'54.872
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Yamaha 1'54.906
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'55.064
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.483
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.617
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'57.786
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'55.862 Q1
14 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.916 Q1
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'55.952 Q1
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'56.292 Q1
17 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'56.668 Q1
18 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'56.771 Q1
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1'56.903 Q1
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'57.144 Q1
21 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'57.157 Q1
22 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'57.787 Q1
23 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'57.861 Q1
24 Nozane Kohta 31 JPN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.730 Q1
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


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)