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Andrea Dovizioso has taken his second ever MotoGP pole position for the Grand Prix of Japan, it is his second pole at Motegi and it has been four years since he last claimed the prime grid position, it's also Ducati's first pole position in nearly the same period of time. 'Dovi' did an outstanding job throughout qualifying with the use of his super-soft rear tire to beat home countryman Valentino Rossi by a meager five hundredths of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the front row despite a big crash on his final flying lap, the Honda again displayed issues under heavy braking and the lap time could have been enough for pole had he been able to complete it.
Marc Marquez never quite looked comfortable throughout the session, his first run was eventful as the Championship leader ran off track on his first flying lap and he never really seemed to recover full confidence from there. Jorge Lorenzo joins Marquez on the second row of the grid alongside Andrea Iannone. The front three rows all contained three different manufacturers as Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro edged out Ducati's Cal Crutchlow and LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl. The top eight riders were split by only three tenths of a second confirming the potential for a very interesting race tomorrow.
Bradley Smith will head up row four alongside Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista; the Spanish duo made it through a thrilling Q1 session after being pushed all the way by Yonny Hernandez and the customer Honda's of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding.
|11||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'45.315||0.813||0.271|
|Q2||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'45.598|
|20||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'47.092||1.494||0.144|
|23||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'48.185||2.587||0.041|