2012 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Three Man Dice For Pole In Final Minutes

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Motegi:

Danny Kent has taken his first ever pole position, securing front spot on the grid for tomorrow's Japanese Moto3 Grand Prix at Motegi. Kent was strong throughout the session, but upped the pace in the very last moment to knock Maverick Vinales off the top spot to grab pole. Vinales was forced to settle for 2nd, two tenths off the time of Kent, the Spaniard benefiting from an uprated engine in his FTR Honda. Vinales ended a tenth ahead of Kent's Red Bull KTM teammate and championship leader Sandro Cortese.

2012 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Leads Factory Yamahas

Dani Pedrosa was once again the fastest man on Saturday morning at Motegi, taking control at the halfway mark and posting a time a quarter of a second under the race lap record. Jorge Lorenzo took 2nd spot once again, also under the lap record but only by a few thousandths of a second. Behind Lorenzo came his Factory Yamaha teammate Ben Spies, the Texan having picked up the pace once he had a chance to use the soft tire. Andrea Dovizioso made it three Yamahas in the top four, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man just behind Spies.

2012 Motegi MotoGP Friday Round Up: Of Conspiracy Theories, Unnecessary Assistance And Hot Brakes

There is little that motorcycle racing fans love more than a good conspiracy. No mishap, contract dispute, or rider swap is ever the result of chance, error, greed or incompetence; there are always darker and greater powers involved, be it Dorna, Honda, or a major sponsor. They do not let the fact that their theories bear little resemblance to reality in 99.999% of the cases spoil the fun, and rightly so, moving happily on to the next dark conspiracy.

2012 Motegi MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier after the first day of practice at Motegi:

Dovizioso makes impressive start in Yamaha's home race

Andrea Dovizioso made a flying start to Yamaha's all-important home race in Japan today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider finishing third fastest in both practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi.

With the stop and go nature of the 2.983 miles circuit perfectly suited to Dovizioso's hard braking style, he wasted no time in showing his potential in gloriously sunny conditions this morning.

2012 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa On Record Pace

After ceding top spot to Jorge Lorenzo on Friday morning at Motegi, Dani Pedrosa took back control of the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, ending the day atop the timesheets and already under lap record pace. Pedrosa deposed Jorge Lorenzo from top spot, the Factory Yamaha man once again fast, but still a tenth slower than the Repsol Honda rider. Andrea Dovozioso continued his strong weekend by taking 3rd, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man ending the day under a tenth behind Lorenzo and two tenths behind Pedrosa.


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