MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2019 Motegi MotoGP Race Result: Tying Up Loose Ends

Patches of blue sky splitting the cloud cover were a novel feature for race Sunday in Motegi and it complicated tyre choice but the only problem Marc Marquez had was getting back to the winners’ enclosure after running out of fuel on the victory lap. The Spaniard secured the constructors’ title on Honda’s home soil with his 80th career win and equalling the legendary Mick Doohan on premier class wins. Celebrations were extra sweet for the second placed man too, Fabio Quartararo sealing the Rookie of the Year title after a mostly lonely race. Andrea Dovizioso did give the Frenchman a fright on the final lap but ran out of time and the Italian’s 100th grand prix podium ended up being a third place.

Marquez looked good as soon as the lights went off, keeping the lead into turn one, while Quartararo attacked teammate Franco Morbidelli and ran him wide into turn one, allowing Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow to go past the Italian as well. Quartararo went one better and hit the front after an attack out of turn seven but the world champion reclaimed top spot in turn ten. By the end of lap two, Marquez took some risk but had stretched a gap of one second to the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Morbidelli recovered ground and was wingman to his teammate ahead of the Ducatis of Miller and Dovizioso. If the men in red were on the offense, some of the boys in blue were getting humbled early on, both Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi outside of the top ten.

Quartararo put his head down to hold Marquez’ rhythm and slowly crawl his way back into contention but the Honda man spent more time flipping switches than positions. With the temperature dropping ever so slightly, the Frenchman’s soft rear tyre seemed like the more suitable option at this early stage to the Spaniard’s mediums but Marquez was still maintaining a fast pace. Another second down the road, Miller took over from Morbidelli, who was defending position from Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales. The two Yamaha machines were struggling to make an impression on the respective Ducatis ahead of them but the gaps between them were minimal.

The pace seemed to settle by lap seven and Marquez’s gap kept steady at one second, the four-way battle for the final podium spot unfolding another three seconds down the road from Quartararo. A few mistakes from the Ducatis allowed the Yamahas a try and Morbidelli took over the pursuit by lap ten. Miller quickly found himself going from a podium position to the back of the chasing pack in sixth and losing ground on that battle even further with apparent tyre issues.

The halfway mark of the race looked decisive for Marquez, whose gap was ticking over the two seconds mark for the first time and Quartararo did not seem to have any solutions of his own for this particular problem. Four seconds back, Morbidelli was admirably defending from Dovizioso but the Ducati man found an easy way past in turn 11. All he had to do to secure a podium was to hold off the two Yamahas for long enough until their soft rear tyres screamed “no more” but Vinales’ seemed just fine as he breezed past Morbidelli into turn one. Meanwhile, Rins was trying to find his way into this battle, a second and a half behind the trio and with Crutchlow and Miller not too far behind.

Riders entered unknown territory for the final ten laps, with little opportunity to torture the tyres for so long throughout practice but there was no obvious drop just yet. Marquez had a comfortable 2.5 seconds gap at the front but Dovizioso seemed to be reducing the distance to Quartararo from four seconds to three once he hit the front of that chasing group. However, Vinales was the fastest man on track and he was glued to the Italian’s back, harassing him and pushing him into posting personal best times. Vinales continued to demonstrate how difficult it is to get past the Ducati going into the final five laps and although the Spaniard was doing a great job of creating opportunities for himself, the Italian was just as good at finding the defensive line. Meanwhile, another Italian suffered opposing fortunes, Rossi crashing out with four laps left from 12th position.

While Marquez was continuing on his steady march to victory, the battle between Dovizioso and Vinales ran its course with two laps remaining and the Italian was suddenly eyeing the second place of Quartararo. The gap went down to eight tenths of a second as they started the final lap but the Ducati man ran out of time and finished third, four tenths behind Quartararo. Vinales had to settle for fourth, with Crutchlow breaking Morbidelli’s heart on the line for fifth place. Rins showed good speed in the late stages of the race but poor qualifying hurt him once again and the Suzuki man had to make do with seventh, ahead of teammate Joan Mir. Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller rounded out the top ten.

With the title already deep into Marquez’s pocket and a record 13th consecutive podium for the Spaniard, the rest were left to fight for scraps in the championship. Dovizioso looks comfortable in second place, while Rins and Vinales are tied on points for third and with Petrucci and Quartararo not out of contention either.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42'41.492
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +0.870
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +1.325
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +2.608
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +9.140
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +9.187
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +9.306
8 36 Joan MIR Suzuki +10.695
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +14.216
10 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +18.909
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +25.554
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +27.870
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +29.983
14 82 Mika KALLIO KTM +31.232
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +32.546
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +37.482
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda +40.410
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +43.458
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +46.206
20 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki +50.235
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  46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 4 Laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 17 Laps
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2019 Motegi Moto2 Race Result: Hard Work All Around

A touch of cloud cover showed up to watch over the intermediate class race, which ended up being another convincing display from Luca Marini. The young Italian turned pole position into a second consecutive victory but did not have it all his own way for the 22 laps. Tom Luthi had gone missing for a couple of races but turned up to the party in Motegi to become Marini’s main challenger in the race and also the main challenger in the title battle once again. The Swiss rider admitted defeat but was back on the podium – a much more familiar sight for Luthi than for the man in third. Jorge Martin looked nothing like a rookie in Japan and rode a clever race with some quality battles on his way to his maiden podium in the class.

The story started with Marini making a fantastic getaway from pole, ahead of fellow front row starters Augusto Fernandez and Lorenzo Baldassarri, while Somkiat Chantra and Luthi got ahead of Alex Marquez and Jorge Navarro. Fernandez was keen to show a wheel to the leader early on but too much eagerness saw him lose a couple of positions to his teammate and Chantra. Just behind them, Marquez and Luthi were having some early fun – to Navarro’s advantage after another hairy moment out of the final turn for Marquez. Meanwhile, Brad Binder’s weekend was not getting any better, outside of the top 20 after a save of his own on the muddy grass out of that same final corner – the incident making an innocent victim of Sam Lowes. There was some very early drama for Tetsuta Nagashima as well, the local favourite starting last on the grid after crashing on the sighting lap and not making it past turn one once the lights went off.

With Marini comfortable at the front, ahead of pal Baldassarri and with an even more impressive Chantra holding off Fernandez, most of the entertainment was provided by Marquez and Luthi, the two familiar rivals trading positions in between uncharacteristic wiggles and wobbles from the championship leader. However, Luthi found some extra speed on lap six and ran away from Marquez, who dropped into the clutches of the other Dynavolt machine of Marcel Schrotter, who immediately engaged in battle.

By lap eight, Luthi stated to look like the biggest threat to Marini and Baldassarri’s leadership, the Swiss rider past the Flexbox HP40 man only one lap later. Chantra was getting ever so slightly distanced from the trio ahead and just about avoiding the craziness right behind him, where Marquez was getting involved in harsh battles left right and centre with Martin, Fernandez and Schrotter. The highly entertaining shenanigans between the foursome allowed the lead trio to distance themselves to almost two seconds by the lap 11.

Luthi pulled his favourite move at turn nine to take the lead of the race from Marini at the halfway point of proceedings. Marini and Baldassarri were waiting for the best time to retaliate, while the sizeable chasing pack was swallowing Chantra and appointing Martin to reduce the gap to the leaders. The group still included Marquez, Schrotter, Fernandez, Navarro, Enea Bastianini and Stefano Manzi but lost Marco Bezzecchi to an unfortunate bout of illness with ten laps left.

Luthi looked strong at the front, keeping Marini half a second behind and quickly dropping Baldassarri, while the pursuers struggled to make an impression on the two-second gap to the podium men. While his main title rival excelled in the lead of the race, Marquez continued to get forced into pulling some feisty overtakes on yet another rival, this time Navarro, in the battle for fifth. Martin managed to avoid that particular action and gapped the group by one second but was stuck another second behind podium positions.

With five laps left, it appeared clear that Luthi and Marini would be disputing victory but the poleman bided his time for an attack. Meanwhile, three seconds down the road, Martin was smelling a podium after setting the fastest lap of the race and immediately tagging to the back of Baldassarri. The race entered its final two laps with the podium nowhere near decided, Marini finally attacking Luthi at turn seven and Martin following his example on Baldassarri at turn nine.

Marini started the final lap only a couple tenths ahead of Luthi but successfully held on for the entire lap to secure back to back victories. Luthi could not find a way back past and settled for a well deserved second, while Martin crossed the finish line three seconds later to celebrate his first Moto2 podium. Baldassarri had no reply to the rookie’s attack and made do with fourth. Navarro finished in a lonely fifth, while Marquez did well to take the checkered flag in a fiercely fought sixth place. The final top ten positions went to Bastianini, Fernandez, Schrotter and Manzi.

Luthi becomes once again the main title challenger for Marquez, although Marini’s victory limited the Swiss rider’s progress in the championship and he now trails the Spaniard by 36 points. Fernandez drops to third with a 42 point deficit, six points ahead of Navarro. Despite an excellent recent run of races, Binder’s 12th place in Motegi drops him to fifth in the list of title contenders.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 40'57.279
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +0.560
3 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM +3.593
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +3.999
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up +5.236
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +7.345
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex +8.115
8 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex +10.460
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +10.711
10 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta +12.445
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up +12.572
12 41 Brad BINDER KTM +14.864
13 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex +15.008
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta +15.778
15 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +23.595
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS +27.307
17 96 Jake DIXON KTM +30.304
18 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM +33.806
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS +36.962
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +43.682
21 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex +45.143
22 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex +59.459
23 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM +1'14.661
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  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 5 Laps
  72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 10 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 14 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA KTM 18 Laps
  97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 18 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 20 Laps
  11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 21 Laps
  3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 21 Laps
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  45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 0 Lap
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2019 Motegi Moto3 Race Result: One Step Closer To Paradise

Motegi was at its warmest and sunniest after the exceedingly damp welcome in practice and if the spectators were probably happy to see clear skies, it did raise some questions about tyre endurance for the full 20 laps. Those questions were best answered by Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who turned misfortune into glory and squashed his rivals, both in the race and in the championship, to secure quite likely his most significant victory of the season. Albert Arenas carried on the fine form that saw him victorious in Thailand, this time stepping on the second spot on the podium for the very first time. Rookie Celestino Vietti joined the podium celebrations after a last lap attack that broke local fans’ hearts.

20 laps earlier, Tatsuki Suzuki got the holeshot on home ground to lead the way in front of an adoring audience, while poleman Niccolo Antonelli got swallowed by Alonso Lopez and Makar Yurchenko, the duo making the best of their top qualifying positions to date. Another couple of places back, Dalla Porta and Aron Canet were engaging in some early fire between the championship contenders. Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino had gone from 27th on the grid to 17th by lap three and was looking to join the top 15 soon after.

Suzuki was unchallenged for the first few laps and soon had the Estrella Galicia duo of Lopez and Sergio Garcia on his tail but the field was still tightly packed in these early stages. Canet seemed to be making a bit more early progress than the championship leader, Dalla Porta perhaps taking a more cautious approach after the technical niggles that made him miss the opportunity to acclimatise to the new conditions in warm up. Despite the fantastic display in qualifying, poleman Antonelli was starting to feel the lingering effects of his injuries and lack of fitness and dropped outside of the top ten. Darryn Binder was looking like the fastest man on track at this stage but that speed got to him on lap six and sent him hurtling through the gravel trap at turn 11.

Suzuki was still untouched at the front by lap eight but some alarm bells would have rung when he saw Canet and Dalla Porta as his closest challengers. The lead group was finally starting to fragment, down to 11 men, perhaps not surprisingly including Arbolino. That wasn’t to last though, the Italian out at turn five soon after and hurting both his leg and his championship chances.

The first change of lead came at the end of lap nine, when Dalla Porta found that extra bit of speed on the downhill straight and took over proceedings for the final half of the race. Suzuki tried a few attacks but none of them stuck, while Garcia, Arenas, Vietti, Canet, John McPhee, Jaume Masia, Lopez and Marcos Ramirez still had a realistic chance to be in the mix for the podium in the later stages. Lopez and Ramirez were the first to blink, the Spaniards losing touch with the leaders as they engaged in their own little battle. The duo became a trio when Masia went well wide at the final corner after a pretty big mistake and was left with over a second to recover in the eight remaining laps – more frustrating than impossible.

Meanwhile, Dalla Porta was still firmly in charge of the seven-man lead group and to further improve his day, Canet, who was being pushed by McPhee at the back of that pack, hit the gravel at turn nine with seven laps to go. The Spaniard quickly rejoined but in a lonely place outside of the top 20, giving him plenty of space to rue his rare mistake before calling it a day. Dalla Porta quickly got the memo but was still keen to follow through with a victory, which Suzuki seemed most eager to stop. Garcia, Arenas and Vietti were also in with a shot but none of them could show a wheel to Dalla Porta and Suzuki until the final lap.

Dalla Porta started the last lap in the lead and the Italian was helped by Arenas’ advances on Suzuki, the Japanese rider losing second place at turn 7. Arenas could see Dalla Porta’s rear tyre up close but did not get a real shot at the win, the championship leader crossing the finish line less than a tenth of a second ahead of Arenas. Suzuki could not even hold onto a podium after Vietti attacked at turn 12 and the local favourite had to settle for fourth. Rookie Garcia got his best finish in fifth, with McPhee, Masia, Ramirez, Lopez and Migno completing the top ten. Antonelli bravely and painfully finished the race within points from 12th position, behind Yurchenko.

With Dalla Porta making Canet and Arbolino’s mistakes hurt even more with a victory, the Italian has a firm handle on the world championship going into the final three rounds, 47 points ahead of Canet and a 68-point advantage on Arbolino.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 39'34.866
2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM +0.094
3 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM +0.198
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +0.289
5 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda +0.437
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda +3.648
7 5 Jaume MASIA KTM +7.225
8 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda +7.382
9 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda +8.172
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +12.054
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM +12.296
12 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +13.295
13 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +13.308
14 79 Ai OGURA Honda +13.333
15 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda +13.362
16 82 Stefano NEPA KTM +13.380
17 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +13.487
18 61 Can ONCU KTM +13.940
19 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +14.648
20 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +22.886
21 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda +22.907
22 12 Filip SALAC KTM +23.416
23 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +32.728
24 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 4 Laps
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  55 Romano FENATI Honda 5 Laps
  44 Aron CANET KTM 6 Laps
  14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 11 Laps
  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 13 Laps
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  84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 0 Lap
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 0 Lap
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2019 Motegi MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez In Complete Control


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'45.816    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'46.036 0.220 0.220
3 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'46.282 0.466 0.246
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'46.351 0.535 0.069
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'46.437 0.621 0.086
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.511 0.695 0.074
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'46.574 0.758 0.063
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.667 0.851 0.093
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'46.729 0.913 0.062
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'46.797 0.981 0.068
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.799 0.983 0.002
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.862 1.046 0.063
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.894 1.078 0.032
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'47.138 1.322 0.244
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'47.222 1.406 0.084
16 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'47.467 1.651 0.245
17 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'47.521 1.705 0.054
18 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'47.590 1.774 0.069
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'47.726 1.910 0.136
20 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'47.843 2.027 0.117
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.845 2.029 0.002
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'47.995 2.179 0.150
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2019 Motegi Moto2 Warm Up Result: Luthi Steps Up


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.996    
2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.111 0.115 0.115
3 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'51.166 0.170 0.055
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.184 0.188 0.018
5 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'51.193 0.197 0.009
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.299 0.303 0.106
7 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'51.350 0.354 0.051
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'51.353 0.357 0.003
9 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.456 0.460 0.103
10 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.462 0.466 0.006
11 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'51.544 0.548 0.082
12 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'51.551 0.555 0.007
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'51.633 0.637 0.082
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'51.654 0.658 0.021
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.721 0.725 0.067
16 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'51.763 0.767 0.042
17 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'51.906 0.910 0.143
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'51.929 0.933 0.023
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'51.957 0.961 0.028
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'51.958 0.962 0.001
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'52.084 1.088 0.126
22 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'52.100 1.104 0.016
23 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'52.164 1.168 0.064
24 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'52.285 1.289 0.121
25 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'52.372 1.376 0.087
26 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'52.390 1.394 0.018
27 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'52.703 1.707 0.313
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.251 2.255 0.548
29 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'53.384 2.388 0.133
30 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'53.940 2.944 0.556
31 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'54.029 3.033 0.089
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'54.919 3.923 0.890
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2019 Motegi Moto3 Warm Up Result: Arbolino Back In The Mix


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'57.782    
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'58.007 0.225 0.225
3 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'58.178 0.396 0.171
4 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'58.180 0.398 0.002
5 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'58.418 0.636 0.238
6 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'58.424 0.642 0.006
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.451 0.669 0.027
8 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'58.549 0.767 0.098
9 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'58.571 0.789 0.022
10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'58.580 0.798 0.009
11 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'58.636 0.854 0.056
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'58.659 0.877 0.023
13 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'58.693 0.911 0.034
14 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'58.698 0.916 0.005
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'58.733 0.951 0.035
16 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'58.779 0.997 0.046
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'58.783 1.001 0.004
18 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'58.852 1.070 0.069
19 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'58.877 1.095 0.025
20 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'58.952 1.170 0.075
21 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'58.995 1.213 0.043
22 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'59.106 1.324 0.111
23 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'59.131 1.349 0.025
24 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'59.234 1.452 0.103
25 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.257 1.475 0.023
26 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'59.399 1.617 0.142
27 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'59.447 1.665 0.048
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'59.452 1.670 0.005
29 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'59.678 1.896 0.226
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda      
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2019 Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Result: Full House

Despite the persistently grey cloud cover, all the talk of rain was forgotten by the time the premier class came out to play catch for grid spots. A mostly dry surface throwing some damp obstacles greeted the gladiators in the battle for pole and the newly crowned world champion rewarded the resilient spectators with another masterful display of dominance in challenging conditions. After a rapid first run and an anticlimactic second run, it was home advantage for Honda, Marc Marquez securing his 90th career pole position, another BMW and finally taking the missing piece in his collection of pole positions on the current calendar. The show for second best came down to friendly fire in the Petronas Yamaha garage, Franco Morbidelli taking a rare win over his much applauded teammate Fabio Quartararo.

Petronas colours sealing the rest of the front row demoted the factory machine of Maverick Viñales to the second row of the grid, where the Spaniard will be joined by Q1 fast man Cal Crutchlow. After an underwhelming Friday, the LCR man found some speed in the tricky conditions provided on Saturday and even looked like a pole hopeful, if only briefly. Jack Miller closes the second row of the grid, half a second off pole.

Andrea Dovizioso kept a low profile on his way to seventh position, a smidgen ahead of teammate Danilo Petrucci and with Aleix Espargaro admirably closing the third row of the grid for Aprilia. Valentino Rossi posted an identical time to the elder Espargaro but had to settle for fourth row, in the company of the two Suzukis of Alex Rins and Joan Mir. Takaaki Nakagami put in an incredible effort to lead throughout Q1 but Rins’ late charge demoted the local favourite, who will start his last race of the season from row five.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'45.763    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'45.895 0.132 0.132
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'45.944 0.181 0.049
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'46.090 0.327 0.146
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.189 0.426 0.099
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'46.337 0.574 0.148
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'46.410 0.647 0.073
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.427 0.664 0.017
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.558 0.795 0.131
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.558 0.795  
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'46.600 0.837 0.042
12 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'46.616 0.853 0.016
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Q2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.695    
Q2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'46.964 0.269 0.269
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'46.998 0.303 0.034
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'47.594 0.899 0.596
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'47.654 0.959 0.060
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'47.894 1.199 0.240
17 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'47.979 1.284 0.085
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.121 1.426 0.142
19 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'48.492 1.797 0.371
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'48.522 1.827 0.030
21 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'49.186 2.491 0.664
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'49.243 2.548 0.057
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2019 Motegi MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Masters Drying Track

The final practice session for the premier class felt like a somewhat pointless affair, with a drying track requiring medium wet tyres that seemed like an unlikely choice for race day. Most men continued to circulate on rain rubber, some were tempted to wait and see if slicks became an option and the Q1 lot in particular were trying to judge conditions ahead of qualifying.

Maverick Viñales showed the best speed on wet tyres but, perhaps unsurprisingly, Jack Miller was the first one to blink and make the swap to slicks. The Australian had the track almost to himself at first, with rivals acting as spectators eager to see what the Pramac rider could squeeze out of the soft rubber. The first red sector came with ten minutes left of the session and that opened the floodgates for everyone to join the slick party. Miller was one step ahead for a couple of laps but once rivals warmed up, he got swallowed by the pack.

Unusually, Marc Marquez left it late to approach the top of the timesheets but when he did, he was over a second faster than everyone else, putting in some solid qualifying practice. Viñales was second best once again, in a familiar top three configuration including Fabio Quartararo. Cal Crutchlow found some late pace to go fourth, while Valentino Rossi in fifth was the final rider within two seconds of Marquez.

Pol Espargaro was best of the rest, ahead of Alex Rins, Andrea Dovizioso and an admirable performance from a suffering Takaaki Nakagami. Pecco Bagnaia rounded out the top ten, with the Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Miller dropping back late in the session.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.940    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'50.282 1.342 1.342
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'50.674 1.734 0.392
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'50.747 1.807 0.073
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'50.748 1.808 0.001
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'51.306 2.366 0.558
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'51.348 2.408 0.042
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'51.457 2.517 0.109
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'51.577 2.637 0.120
10 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'51.617 2.677 0.040
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'51.659 2.719 0.042
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'52.068 3.128 0.409
13 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'52.203 3.263 0.135
14 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'52.411 3.471 0.208
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'52.932 3.992 0.521
16 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'52.934 3.994 0.002
17 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'54.694 5.754 1.760
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'55.062 6.122 0.368
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'55.102 6.162 0.040
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'55.651 6.711 0.549
21 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'55.845 6.905 0.194
  99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'57.017 8.077 1.172
  53 Tito RABAT Ducati      
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2019 Motegi Moto2 Qualifying Result: One Above All

When the forecast spelled rain for Saturday, it forgot to mention a drying track halfway through the intermediate class’ qualifying sessions. The dry patches were not quite big enough for slick tyres yet but it did complicate things on an already complicated surface grip-wise. Add to that the lesson of Moto3, which saw Q1 riders at a significant advantage, and riders had a lot on their plate for those crucial 15 minutes. However, the biggest trouble for Luca Marini came before he even set off, when Maverick Viñales came to the rescue with a reminder that the young Italian was missing his knee sliders. From then on, it was plain sailing and Thai GP winner secured his first pole position of the season with an advantage of over a second.

The Flexbox HP40 squad joined SKY Racing in celebration as both their men made it to the front row, Augusto Fernandez ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri. Despite his FP3 heroics, Alex Marquez never looked like a threat for pole but the championship leader secured a second row start ahead of Q1 escapees Jorge Navarro and Somkiat Chantra, although the Thai rider ended the session with a small tumble at turn one. Tom Luthi opens the third row of the grid ahead of Marco Bezzecchi, who made it through Q1, limped to the pits with a technical problem halfway through Q2 and still posted a lap good enough for eighth position. Marcel Schrotter flew under the radar but secured the final spot available on row three.

Remy Gardner was significantly faster than the opposition in Q1 but misjudged his timing for a brave gamble on slick tyres in Q2 and could not post a time on them, dropping to tenth on the grid and sharing fourth row with a season best result for Stefano Manzi and a sensible 12th position for rookie Enea Bastianini. However, the big story of Q2 was Brad Binder, the KTM rider last throughout the session and almost five seconds slower than the poleman.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'00.985    
2 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'02.133 1.148 1.148
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'02.212 1.227 0.079
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'02.306 1.321 0.094
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'02.411 1.426 0.105
6 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'02.435 1.450 0.024
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'02.483 1.498 0.048
8 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'02.558 1.573 0.075
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'02.598 1.613 0.040
10 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'02.687 1.702 0.089
11 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'02.714 1.729 0.027
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'02.982 1.997 0.268
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'03.073 2.088 0.091
14 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'03.077 2.092 0.004
15 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'03.479 2.494 0.402
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.517 2.532 0.038
17 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'03.677 2.692 0.160
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'05.963 4.978 2.286
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'03.132    
Q2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'03.620 0.488 0.488
Q2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'04.044 0.912 0.424
Q2 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'04.115 0.983 0.071
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'04.132 1.000 0.017
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'04.219 1.087 0.087
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'04.349 1.217 0.130
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'04.663 1.531 0.314
23 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'05.053 1.921 0.390
24 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'05.476 2.344 0.423
25 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'05.642 2.510 0.166
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'05.850 2.718 0.208
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'05.960 2.828 0.110
28 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'06.355 3.223 0.395
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'06.725 3.593 0.370
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'07.283 4.151 0.558
31 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'07.613 4.481 0.330
  96 Jake DIXON KTM      
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2019 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Result: Back With A Bang

A shortened lunch break later, the action was back on track for the first qualifying session of the day. Rain had stopped but tyres were unmistakably of the wet variety when Moto3 riders left pitlane and early reports from Q1 were that grip was somewhat lacking compared to practice. The action was peppered with harmless crashes but all the pain was forgotten for Niccolo Antonelli, the Italian snatching his eighth career pole position on his return from an injury suffered all the way back in Misano. The Q1 advantage was evident in the changing conditions, the first two rows dominated by men who escaped the first qualifying session.

Alonso Lopez was another one of them and even though pole ultimately escaped him, the Spaniard secured his first front row start in the lightweight class, less than a tenth of a second off top spot. Tatsuki Suzuki climbed to third to make it a double for the SIC58 squad on the front row of the grid, trailing his teammate by three tenths. Makar Yurchenko had an extra eventful afternoon, turning an early crash at turn 10 in Q1 into a career best second row start in Q2 – only getting demoted from the front row by Suzuki’s final flying lap. Rookie Sergio Garcia also continued to impress, going from Q1 to a best qualifying result in the middle of the second row and was the last rider to post a time within half a second of pole. Lorenzo Dalla Porta was best of the rest, another four tenths back, and defending his championship lead from the end of row two.

Jakub Kornfeil opens row three, with Aron Canet keeping a close eye on his title rival from one row behind the Leopard man and with rookie Celestino Vietti closing the third row. Gabriel Rodrigo, John McPhee and Marcos Ramirez had a pretty low key session on their way to fourth row.

Andrea Migno might have been fastest in the dry but struggled to do any better than 15th in Q2 and will have a six place grid penalty added to that for his Thai GP adventures. Ai Ogura was another of the fast men in practice hit by bad luck after an outlap crash at turn 4, that left him with no time set. Jaume Masia looked like a real contender in Q1 but a late crash at turn 5 affected his progress, although the Spaniard’s day was nowhere near as dreadful as Tony Arbolino’s, the young Italian starting from 27th position, one behind Raul Fernandez.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'09.293    
2 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.379 0.086 0.086
3 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'09.626 0.333 0.247
4 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'09.694 0.401 0.068
5 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'09.700 0.407 0.006
6 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'10.104 0.811 0.404
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'10.156 0.863 0.052
8 44 Aron CANET KTM 2'10.159 0.866 0.003
9 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'10.350 1.057 0.191
10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'10.377 1.084 0.027
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'10.397 1.104 0.020
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 2'10.483 1.190 0.086
13 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'10.731 1.438 0.248
14 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'10.738 1.445 0.007
15 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'10.820 1.527 0.082
16 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'10.981 1.688 0.161
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'11.395 2.102 0.414
18 79 Ai OGURA Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.680    
Q2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'09.916 0.236 0.236
Q2 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'09.961 0.281 0.045
Q2 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'10.239 0.559 0.278
19 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'10.380 0.700 0.141
20 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'11.256 1.576 0.876
21 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'11.341 1.661 0.085
22 55 Romano FENATI Honda 2'11.350 1.670 0.009
23 61 Can ONCU KTM 2'11.547 1.867 0.197
24 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'11.780 2.100 0.233
25 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 2'11.794 2.114 0.014
26 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'11.899 2.219 0.105
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'12.393 2.713 0.494
28 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'12.878 3.198 0.485
29 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'13.163 3.483 0.285
  12 Filip SALAC KTM      
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