Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s Japanese GP from 3rd on the grid after a closely contested qualifying session. Teammate Dani Pedrosa will begin from the second row in 6th position.
The final practice session before qualifying – FP4 – was red flagged after just ten minutes due to a serious crash involving Alex De Angelis. After a delay of twenty five minutes, the session resumed as the riders worked hard to find a good setup in time for qualifying with both Repsol Honda riders pre-qualifying for Q2.
On the first run, Marc was positioned 3rd and Dani 4th as they entered the pits for a fresh rear tyre. Marc improved his time by four tenths and his lap of 1’44.216 (lap 7/7) was enough to earn him a front row start. Dani also improved on his second run and his time of 1’44.582 (lap 8/8) placed him 6th – missing the front row by just 0.366 seconds.
The GP of Japan will commence tomorrow at 14h00 local time.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'43.790|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'43.871|
|3||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'44.216|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'44.322|
|5||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'44.436|
|6||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'44.582|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'44.809|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||1'44.932|
|9||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'45.067|
|10||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'45.081|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'45.219|
|12||Redding Scott||45||GBR||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'45.333|
|13||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'45.432|
|14||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'45.438|
|15||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||T1||JPN||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||1'45.496|
|16||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'45.608|
|17||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'45.691|
|18||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'45.724|
|20||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar Team||Honda||1'45.751|
|22||Miller Jack||43||AUS||LCR Honda||Honda||1'46.039|
|23||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'46.048|
|24||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'46.179|
|25||Elias Toni||24||SPA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'46.256|
|26||Akiyoshi Kosuke||64||JPN||AB Motoracing||Honda||1'47.760|
|27||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||1'48.192 (FP3)|
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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|