Full report and results below:
Jorge Lorenzo has put on a masterful display of controlled and aggressive wet weather riding in very tricky conditions at the Motegi circuit to take pole for the fifteenth running of the Japanese Grand Prix. Qualifying saw track conditions improving right the way through as no further rain fell and a drying line formed in the closing stages of the seventy five minute session. Lorenzo finished over half a second quicker than his championship combatant and points leader Marc Marquez in second. Marquez looked fairly erratic throughout and had several excursions off track, but in typical fashion managed to put a lap together when he needed it.
Nicky Hayden put on a fantastic show and reveled on the damp track to take the final place on the front row of the grid aboard his Ducati. The Kentucky Kid would be highly satisfied with the result after a very difficult season to date. His former team mate Dani Pedrosa heads up row two alongside Valentino Rossi and fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who also gave the Ducati factory something to smile about.
Alvaro Bautista managed to take seventh place despite a crash under heavy braking at the 'V' curve. He was disappointingly just four hundredths of a second off the provisional pole time through the second sector of the lap that he took the tumble on. Stefan Bradl put up a brave fight riding with screws and bolts in his fractured left ankle to finish in eight place ahead of Aleix Espargaro who completed the third row and typically finished as the top CRT competitor. Columbian rider Yonny Hernandez was another Ducati rider to enjoy the slippery conditions, rounding out the top ten aboard his Pramac satellite machine.
|14||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||1'57.297||3.826||0.183|
|17||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'57.715||4.244||0.175|
|21||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||1'59.617||6.146||0.815|
|NQ||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||2'02.712||9.241||1.730|