MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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.

Results:

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
    Q1 Results:        
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
  53 Tito RABAT Ducati      
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16
2019
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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.

Results:

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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16
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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.

Results:

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.

Results:

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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16
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2019 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Petrucci Gets Happily Soaked

Wet, gloomy and just about seeing riders through the mist was the setup for FP3 – once things got underway after a short delay to clear naughty puddles at the final turn. The precarious conditions that caused some turmoil in the intermediate class were kinder on the premier class, at least in terms of the crash list cast, if not the actual state of the surface. It was no surprise to see Marc Marquez thrive in tricky conditions and the world champion immediately claimed top spot, the gap nearing two seconds on occasion but mostly hanging around the one second mark. Once Marquez settled in his box, there were some competitors showing their claws but only Danilo Petrucci managed to inflict harm on the timesheets. It was just as unsurprising to see the Italian shine on a soaking wet track, on his way to topping the timesheets in the final minute of FP3.

Marquez turned down the heat for his second run and settled for second, less than two tenths behind the leader and with Franco Morbidelli joining the top three in a fairly consistent and fast weekend for the Italian. The often overshadowed Petronas rider finished the morning ahead of factory colleague Maverick Vinales, while wildcard Sylvain Guintoli enjoyed the fairly familiar surroundings on his way to fifth, as top Suzuki. Andrea Dovizioso had a quiet session in sixth, a full second slower than his leading teammate and only narrowly fending off the rest of the top ten. Alex Rins led Fabio Quartararo and Pol Espargaro, while Miguel Oliveira was finding his feet quite fast in the wet to join the top ten.

Joan Mir was another of the rookies who welcomed the wet track time and the Spaniard finished in a dignified 11th position, ahead of Valentino Rossi, much like in Thailand. Cal Crutchlow could not work miracles in the wet either, finishing 17th, one place ahead of Jack Miller, whose running was cut short by some early technical trouble.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'54.710    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'54.884 0.174 0.174
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'55.175 0.465 0.291
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'55.458 0.748 0.283
5 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'55.590 0.880 0.132
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'55.722 1.012 0.132
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'55.796 1.086 0.074
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'55.811 1.101 0.015
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'55.824 1.114 0.013
10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'55.860 1.150 0.036
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'55.972 1.262 0.112
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.230 1.520 0.258
13 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'56.243 1.533 0.013
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'56.397 1.687 0.154
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'56.537 1.827 0.140
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'56.809 2.099 0.272
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.812 2.102 0.003
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'56.840 2.130 0.028
19 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'57.176 2.466 0.336
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'57.226 2.516 0.050
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'57.555 2.845 0.329
22 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'57.605 2.895 0.050
23 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'58.621 3.911 1.016
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16
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2019 Motegi Moto2 FP3 Result: Dixon Down But Not Out

FP3 was not quite the washout predicted 24 hours ago but the weather got as close as it could get to being challenging while still just about rideable. If Moto3 had a mostly sensible session, Moto2 took a turn at being the eventful one, scattered with replays of rapid tumbles towards various gravel traps or, if you’re a Marquez, some more quality content for the family album. With qualifying due to be just as wet, Friday decided the line-up for the two sessions while FP3 became a battle for survival the closer it got to the end.

Despite the far too generous crash list that included his own name from earlier in the session, Jake Dixon persisted with some late red sector times that ensured him top spot at the checkered flag. Remy Gardner was second fastest but almost four tenths off the leader and with Luca Marini another couple of tenths back. Nicolo Bulega came close to his compatriot on his way to fourth but was hindered by a tumble at turn 5, while Tetsuta Nagashima rounded out the top five in much less eventful fashion.

Stefano Manzi in sixth place was the final rider within a second of Dixon and the Italian is looking good in all conditions in Japan, three tenths faster than Tom Luthi. Iker Lecuona climbed to eighth before climbing off at turn 3, while Andrea Locatelli and Bo Bendsneyder completed the top ten - the NTS rider also dismounting at turn 3.

Championship leader Alex Marquez got swayed into a sensible 18th position after a rodeo moment out of the final turn that gave his older brother a run for his money, bringing his Kalex machine to a halt while surfing on the side of it. Jorge Navarro also found himself in a spot of bother at the same corner soon after, although less highlight-reel-worthy and more painful looking than Marquez’s, which left him 14th on the timesheets. Jorge Martin’s excellent weekend was impeded by an early crash at turn 10 that left the Spaniard with limited running. The likes of Somkiat Chantra, Sam Lowes, Lorenzo Baldassarri or Philipp Oettl suffered the same faith at various bends around the track.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 96 Jake DIXON KTM 2'03.259    
2 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'03.628 0.369 0.369
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'03.855 0.596 0.227
4 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'03.865 0.606 0.010
5 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'04.004 0.745 0.139
6 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'04.102 0.843 0.098
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'04.385 1.126 0.283
8 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'04.423 1.164 0.038
9 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'04.499 1.240 0.076
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'04.518 1.259 0.019
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'04.542 1.283 0.024
12 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'04.634 1.375 0.092
13 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'04.840 1.581 0.206
14 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 2'04.911 1.652 0.071
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 2'04.928 1.669 0.017
16 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'05.109 1.850 0.181
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 2'05.168 1.909 0.059
18 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'05.367 2.108 0.199
19 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'05.412 2.153 0.045
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'05.418 2.159 0.006
21 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 2'05.443 2.184 0.025
22 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'05.542 2.283 0.099
23 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'05.711 2.452 0.169
24 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'05.886 2.627 0.175
25 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'05.945 2.686 0.059
26 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 2'06.325 3.066 0.380
27 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'06.385 3.126 0.060
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'06.498 3.239 0.113
29 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 2'07.197 3.938 0.699
30 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'07.284 4.025 0.087
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 2'07.518 4.259 0.234
32 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 2'08.319 5.060 0.801
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2019 Motegi Moto3 FP3 Result: Ogura Shines Under Cloud Cover

The rain arrived as scheduled in Motegi but the grey sky, on and off downpour and omnipresent fog did not stop play for the lightweight class. Rain tyres were prepared and the track saw a reasonable amount of action from riders eager to prepare for a likely wet qualifying session but the line-up for Q2 was sealed on Friday, as predicted. Even with conditions appearing to get progressively worse, times improved until the final couple of minutes, when home favourite Ai Ogura successfully held off Makar Yurchenko to claim the spotlight for FP3 - the two more eager to embrace the risky conditions than the rest.

With the lead duo within half a tenth of each other, Andrea Migno was best of the rest and eight tenths of a second slower than the leaders. If the young Italian had announced his speed when he topped the timesheets on Friday, the same could not be said for the men right behind him, Raul Fernandez and Jaume Masia thriving in the difficult conditions after a pretty anonymous dry Friday.

Rookie Sergio Garcia was the last rider to post a time within a second of the leader and the Spaniard sampled the wet gravel and soaking grass around turns three and four on route to sixth on the timesheets. Tom Booth-Amos took this chance to impress as well, climbing into seventh, very narrowly ahead the familiar faces of Alonso Lopez and Celestino Vietti, with Tony Arbolino rounding out the top ten.

The championship contenders played it a bit more safe, Lorenzo Dalla Porta piling on the laps but settling for 16th, while Aron Canet made do with 26th, one place behind the first real victim of the conditions, John McPhee, who could only impress for two laps before taking a harmless tumble at turn three. After Friday’s heavy tumble left Filip Salac with a toe fracture, the rookie sat out FP3 but plans to ride the race and serve his pitlane start penalty.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'08.385    
2 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'08.431 0.046 0.046
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'09.225 0.840 0.794
4 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'09.323 0.938 0.098
5 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'09.350 0.965 0.027
6 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'09.352 0.967 0.002
7 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'09.580 1.195 0.228
8 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.658 1.273 0.078
9 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'09.661 1.276 0.003
10 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'09.761 1.376 0.100
11 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'09.837 1.452 0.076
12 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'09.904 1.519 0.067
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'09.956 1.571 0.052
14 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'10.385 2.000 0.429
15 55 Romano FENATI Honda 2'10.433 2.048 0.048
16 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'10.569 2.184 0.136
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'10.637 2.252 0.068
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'10.707 2.322 0.070
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 2'10.791 2.406 0.084
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'10.823 2.438 0.032
21 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'10.896 2.511 0.073
22 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'10.973 2.588 0.077
23 61 Can ONCU KTM 2'11.307 2.922 0.334
24 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'11.340 2.955 0.033
25 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'11.904 3.519 0.564
26 44 Aron CANET KTM 2'12.258 3.873 0.354
27 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'12.382 3.997 0.124
28 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'12.999 4.614 0.617
29 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 2'13.071 4.686 0.072
  36 Sho HASEGAWA Honda 2'17.954 9.569 4.883
  12 Filip SALAC KTM      
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2019 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Quartararo Leads Another Yamaha Display

Menacing clouds were lurking in the background of FP2 and with teams very aware of weather warnings, there was a lot of soft rubber coming out of blankets for a precautionary time attack at the start of the session. The newly crowned world champion was on the offensive straight away, after some initial tyre confusion in the Honda garage, and he snatched the top of the timesheets early on. Danilo Petrucci then found some enthusiasm in the final half of the session but rain stayed away and invited to another little tango for the top ten. At the end of the night/afternoon, Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha was the queen of the dance, the Frenchman’s final flying lap putting him at the top of the pile into the 1:44s and subsequently into the gravel trap at turn one. 

Factory colleague Maverick Viñales was three tenths of a second slower but with similarly good pace on the medium-soft tyre combination, while Marquez halted the Yamaha domination from FP1, to some extent, by climbing into third. The Spaniard was also one of the few to give the hard rear tyre a roll but only briefly and with a moment at turn five. Andrea Dovizioso was so confident that he skipped the early time attack altogether and secured fourth in the final shootout. Valentino Rossi once again followed his compatriot’s example but the Yamaha veteran had a busy time in his garage and it left him with only one flying lap to make an impression on the timesheets. It was more than enough and the Italian safely joined the top five, ahead of apprentice Franco Morbidelli.

Despite a late fall at turn 12, Jack Miller stayed seventh, with Petrucci dropping to eighth. Joan Mir had another impressive lap up his sleeve and with it demoted teammate Alex Rins out of the top ten. With Aleix Espargaro securing the final provisional Q2 place, this leaves Rins, Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro in the danger zone in case the prediction of a fully wet Saturday morning becomes reality.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'44.764    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'45.085 0.321 0.321
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'45.100 0.336 0.015
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'45.414 0.650 0.314
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'45.466 0.702 0.052
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'45.562 0.798 0.096
7 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'45.577 0.813 0.015
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'45.619 0.855 0.042
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'45.641 0.877 0.022
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'45.721 0.957 0.080
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'45.730 0.966 0.009
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'45.804 1.040 0.074
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.020 1.256 0.216
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'46.330 1.566 0.310
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'46.557 1.793 0.227
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'46.576 1.812 0.019
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'46.661 1.897 0.085
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'46.800 2.036 0.139
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'46.803 2.039 0.003
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'46.969 2.205 0.166
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'47.158 2.394 0.189
22 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'47.312 2.548 0.154
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'47.974 3.210 0.662
Round Number: 
16
2019
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2019 Motegi Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Robs Binder

The second outing for the intermediate class had a familiar script, with FP1 leader Brad Binder showing the way for most of FP2 as well. The ending was only somewhat less customary, Alex Marquez wobbling his way to top spot for the final handful of minutes and sending his rivals an early warning. Binder ended the day close enough in second position, less than two tenths of a second slower than Marquez and just about holding off rookie teammate Jorge Martin, who is making steady progress.

Luca Marini and Sam Lowes completed the top five and came within three tenths of top spot, while compatriots Nicolo Bulega and Stefano Manzi found some more precious speed on their way to sixth and seventh places. Tom Luthi was the early leader of the session but failed to improve on his initial time and dropped to eighth. Lorenzo Baldassarri and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten.

Tetsuta Nagashima was one of the very few who could not go any faster than FP1 but his top time from the morning was quick enough to keep him in the combined top ten and given the rainy forecast for Saturday, he will most likely be joined in Q2 by Augusto Fernandez, Iker Lecuona and Enea Bastianini. Fabio Di Giannantonio or Jorge Navarro will have some extra work to do on Saturday, whether it is in FP3 or Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'50.647    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'50.828 0.181 0.181
3 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'50.901 0.254 0.073
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'50.921 0.274 0.020
5 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'50.929 0.282 0.008
6 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'50.964 0.317 0.035
7 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'51.037 0.390 0.073
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'51.040 0.393 0.003
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.113 0.466 0.073
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.123 0.476 0.010
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.188 0.541 0.065
12 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'51.190 0.543 0.002
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'51.228 0.581 0.038
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'51.248 0.601 0.020
15 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'51.306 0.659 0.058
16 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'51.390 0.743 0.084
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'51.399 0.752 0.009
18 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'51.506 0.859 0.107
19 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.563 0.916 0.057
20 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'51.581 0.934 0.018
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'51.692 1.045 0.111
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'51.721 1.074 0.029
23 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'51.734 1.087 0.013
24 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'51.816 1.169 0.082
25 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'51.835 1.188 0.019
26 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'51.965 1.318 0.130
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'52.717 2.070 0.752
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'52.898 2.251 0.181
29 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'53.737 3.090 0.839
30 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'53.863 3.216 0.126
31 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'54.311 3.664 0.448
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'55.630 4.983 1.319
Round Number: 
16
2019
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2019 Motegi Moto3 FP2 Result: Migno Determined To Limit Penalty Damage

After championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta stole the show in FP1, it was Aron Canet’s turn to shine at the top of the timing screens for most of FP2 and the Spaniard was sat safely until time attacks started a bit earlier than usual, with 15 minutes left of the session. John McPhee was first to dip into the 1:56s and started the shootout in charge of proceedings but he went unbothered until the very final minute of FP2. Migno then stole the Scotsman’s thunder to become the fastest man on the day, with only Marcos Ramirez managing to join them in the 1:56 club. McPhee dropped to third, only a tenth of a second off the lead.

Class veteran Jakub Kornfeil posted an identical time to Gabriel Rodrigo and even though the Czech rider finished ahead on the timesheets, the Argentine was all the more impressive after a slow start in FP1 following his Thailand misfortunes. Rookie Celestino Vietti once again almost miraculously found some speed to climb to sixth after an underwhelming morning, while Tatsuki Suzuki, Darryn Binder and Kaito Toba joined the top nine lineup with times within four tenths of the leader. Most recent victor, Albert Arenas, completed the top ten.

After adding another tumble at turn five, Dalla Porta left himself in a vulnerable position outside of the top ten ahead of the shootout but managed to save an 11th position out of it, ironically in front of Canet, who could not find much more time on his early benchmark and dropped to 12th. The rest of the all important top 14 positions were grabbed by some of the local favourites, Ai Ogura and Ayumu Sasaki.

Stefano Nepa was the first to miss out on direct Q2 tickets, in the event that Saturday morning is a wash-out, despite being only half a second slower than the top man. The likes of Niccolo Antonelli, Jaume Masia and Tony Arbolino were some of the notable absentees of the top 14 at the conclusion of FP2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'56.742    
2 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'56.839 0.097 0.097
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'56.877 0.135 0.038
4 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'57.037 0.295 0.160
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'57.037 0.295  
6 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'57.081 0.339 0.044
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'57.082 0.340 0.001
8 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'57.093 0.351 0.011
9 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'57.114 0.372 0.021
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'57.191 0.449 0.077
11 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'57.194 0.452 0.003
12 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'57.195 0.453 0.001
13 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'57.227 0.485 0.032
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'57.267 0.525 0.040
15 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'57.324 0.582 0.057
16 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'57.399 0.657 0.075
17 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'57.432 0.690 0.033
18 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'57.457 0.715 0.025
19 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'57.484 0.742 0.027
20 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'57.509 0.767 0.025
21 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'57.543 0.801 0.034
22 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'57.596 0.854 0.053
23 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'57.621 0.879 0.025
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'57.639 0.897 0.018
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'57.749 1.007 0.110
26 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'57.822 1.080 0.073
27 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'58.118 1.376 0.296
28 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'58.165 1.423 0.047
29 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'58.263 1.521 0.098
30 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'58.695 1.953 0.432
  36 Sho HASEGAWA Honda 2'05.159 8.417 6.464
Round Number: 
16
2019
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Total votes: 3

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