Marc Marquez qualified on a very close second row for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix, which will be his first opportunity to clinch the 2018 MotoGP Title.

On a sunny Saturday at Twin Ring Motegi, Marc was fourth in this morning’s FP3 session and first in FP4 before setting the sixth-fastest time in qualifying, less than three tenths of a second from pole position.

Dani Pedrosa will start the Grand Prix, which begins at 2 p.m. local time and 7 a.m. Central European time, from the fourth row of the grid.

Marc Marquez

6th 1'44.889

“In FP4 I crashed on the bike that I was feeling very strong and constant with, while my second bike had quite a different setup that I didn’t like as much. We had no time to change it, so I started qualifying expecting to struggle a bit, although still with the aim of earning a start position on the front two rows. That said, we know that our race pace is good for tomorrow, and we’re happy with that. We’ll try to start well, and then we’ll see where we are at the end of the first lap; from then on we’ll try and manage the race well, with the target of getting on the podium and, if possible, of fighting for the victory.”

Dani Pedrosa

11th 1'45.519

“This weekend we tried to improve in qualifying, but it didn’t work out, which is a pity because a good starting position is very important at this track. We’ll have to recover, even if it’s always tough to overtake in the first few laps. We have to make a good tyre choice and start well, and then we’ll see what options we have.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 16   Japan

Qualifying Classification

Sunny
Humidity
60%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.590
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'44.658 / 0.068
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'44.727 / 0.137
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'44.820 / 0.230
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.832 / 0.242
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.889 / 0.299
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'45.140 / 0.550
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'45.225 / 0.635
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'45.265 / 0.675
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'45.396 / 0.806
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.519 / 0.929
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'46.168 / 1.578
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'45.722 Q1
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'45.742 / 0.313
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'45.759 / 0.330
16 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.765 / 0.336
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'45.969 / 0.540
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'46.072 / 0.643
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.183 / 0.754
20 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 15 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'46.441 / 1.012
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.571 / 1.142
22 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'46.573 / 1.144
23 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'46.817 / 1.388
24 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.106 / 1.677
25 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'47.147 / 1.718
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)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)