Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Motegi:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Motegi:
Dark clouds were still gathering around the track but posted only fleeting concern to the riders heading out for the final practice outing. Bright sunshine showed them the way to the line and the one to find the fastest line was predictably but for the first time this weekend Marc Marquez. The Spaniard posted consistently fast mid 1:45s on medium rubber and kept the lead at the top of the timesheets despite a late tumble at turn 7 writing off one machine for the upcoming Q2 session.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Motegi:
With 10 minutes left in FP3 Saturday at the Motegi circuit, Fabio Quartararo seized control of the timesheet with a 1'51.293 that put him at the top for the rest of the dry, sunny session. The fast lap topped Miguel Oliveira's FP3-leading time by four-tenths of a second and it continued Quartararo's late-season surge.
Andrea Dovizioso, winner here in Japan last year, seems ready for a redux in 2018. The factory Ducati rider and second-place holder in the championship finished the third dry practice in the same way he finished the first: the top of the timesheet.
Dovizioso's llate charge to a 1'45.107 at the Motegi circuit in Japan on Saturday put him just clear of second-fastest Cal Crutchlow but left him almost two-tenths of a second in front of championship leader Marc Marquez (4th). Johan Zarco continued a strong weekend as the top Yamaha in third.
Championship leader Jorge Martin sent a message to the other riders Saturday at the Motegi Twin Ring circuit in Japan: Catch me if you can.
Martin, under a sunny sky and in fine form, became the only Moto3 rider to drop into the 1'56s in Saturday's FP3 with a 1'56.911 that put him one tenth clear of the field and left him as the odds-on favorite for another pole position in the lightweight class. Marcos Ramirez grabbed second followed closely by early session leader Marco Bezzecchi (3rd).
Iker Lecuona set the fastest Moto2 lap time on Friday at Motegi as the circuit finally dried sufficiently for riders to push hard on full slicks -- at least for the early part of the afternoon session. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia slotted into second, a tenth of a second from the leader's time. It also was the Kalex rider's first posted time of the weekend as he didn't emerge from the pits in the mixed conditions of FP1. Agusto Fernandez rounded out the top three.
In mixed conditions that saw one-third of the field spend more time in the pits than on the track, Dani Pedrosa seized the top time of the session at the Motegi circuit in Japan. Pedrosa's 1'48.136 topped second-place Scott Redding's best lap -- also set at the end of the drying, afternoon FP2 -- by more that half a second but still remained three seconds from the top laps of FP1.