Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Motegi:
Press releases from the teams after qualifying at Motegi:
World Superbike standings after the first race at Jerez:
As the riders lined up to start the first race of the weekend, Jonathan Rea cannot win the title this race, but Kawasaki can tie up the manufacturers title. Most riders took the safer B-compound tyre and only Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes took the softer A-compound.
Gino Rea was declared unfit after his crash in yesterday's second session, hitting another rider's discarded bike, and Lorenzo Zanetti inexplicably switched to Rea's bike from the factory MV. Twenty two riders contested the opening session, chasing the two spots in the second session.
After a morning of increased pace, Superpole one opened and fourteen riders competed for the two slots in the top twelve to qualify for pole position.
Randy Krummenacher went over a second quicker than his provisional pole time from yesterday with Kenan Sofuoglu just under four tenths of a second behind.
Chaz Davies was quickest in the morning's untimed session, beating out Tom Sykes by just one thousadth of a second. Both riders were quicker than Sykes's best time yesterday.
Marc Marquez gave no indication of slowing down in FP4, the final practice before Saturday qualifying at the Motegi Circuit. Marquez, while not reaching his blistering FP3 time, still managed to complete a steady stream of low 1'45s to indicate quick race pace for Sunday. In the waning seconds of the session, Aleix Espargaro nearly seized the top time from Marquez but ssettled into a close second, only 19 hundredths of a second back.
Thomas Luthi dominated FP3 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Saturday, with a 1'50.373 that bested second place by three-tenths of a second. Franco Morbidelli’s 1'50.709 was just enough put him into second, just in front of Moto2 championship points leader Johann Zarco (3rd).
UPDATE: Jorge Lorenzo has returned to the grid for FP4.
Marc Marquez, the only rider to drop into the 1’44s at the Motegi Circuit Saturday, easily claimed the top spot in the third practice before qualifying. Marquez set his time of 1'44.987 early in the 45-minute session and didn’t equal it for the duration.
Jorge Lorenzo, who led practice Friday and held the second-best time late into FP3, highsided hard in Turn 2 with five minutes left in the session. The former world champion briefly stood up after the crash and was limping heavily before sitting back down and getting carried off on a stretcher. Later, he limped into the medical center. Minutes after that, video showed him in a wheelchair being pushed to a medical transfer helicopter to be airlifted to a hospital. Look here for updates on his condition and race status.