Results and summary of the 125cc race at Motegi:
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Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying at Motegi:
Results and summary of MotoGP qualifying at Motegi:
Andrea Dovizioso took his first ever MotoGP pole at Motegi, giving Honda and the factory Repsol team a much-needed boost after Dani Pedrosa's title chances ended on Friday when he fractured his collarbone. Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo seemed to be firmly in control of qualifying for much of the session, but Dovizioso started to show his colors at the halfway mark, then made a serious bid for pole with just over ten minutes to go, finally securing his maiden pole in the class with five minutes to go.
Results and summary of qualifying for the 125cc class at Motegi:
Marc Marquez will start from pole for Sunday's 125cc race at Motegi, after the Red Bull Ajo rider utterly dominated qualifying in Japan. Marquez grabbed the pole 17 minutes into the session and was never threatened, Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol the closest man to Marquez. Bradley Smith and Sandro Cortese made the front row an all-team-mate affair, Smith beside his Bancaja Aspar teammate in 3rd, while Cortese took 4th spot, bookending the front row with his Ajo teammate.
Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon led a tightly-contested first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Motegi, deposing Gresini Moriwaki's Toni Elias in the final minutes of the session. In turn, Elias was just fractionally quicker that JIR's Alex de Angelis, the man from San Marino continuing on the Motobi Moto2 bike after having earlier abandoned the Scot team due to a lack of funds.
The first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Motegi got off to a dramatic start, with Dani Pedrosa crashing out on just his third lap, falling heavily and fracturing a collarbone, potentially ending his weekend and his title hopes (see separate story). Despite the Repsol Honda rider's absence, an interesting session unfolded, which saw Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner lead until the final five minutes of practice.
Nico Terol got his weekend off to a good start at Motegi, the Bancaja Aspar rider the only man to get under the 2'00 bracket in the first session of practice for the 125cc class. The Spaniard ended the session ahead of the former championship favorite, Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez, with Marquez' teammate Sandro Cortese setting the 3rd fastest time. Bradley Smith bookends the provisional front row, putting Bancaja Aspar Aprilias on both ends of the front row, while the third candidate for the 2010 title, Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro, ended the day in 5th.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Motorland Aragon:
After nearly a year off the top step of the podium, Casey Stoner finally added another victory to his tally, winning the MotoGP race at Motorland Aragon with relative ease.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Motorland Aragon:
If ever there was a prototypical Moto2 race, the race at Aragon was it. It had two of the key ingredients of a Moto2 race, the one which everyone expected and the one which has surprised so many since the start of the season. The unsurprising feature was the first-corner mayhem which almost inevitably ensues, with 5 riders going down and an eighth of the field excluded after just one corner.