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Sport Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

06:15  13 october  2017
06:15  13 october  2017 Source:

Lorenzo sets sights on Motegi victory challenge

  Lorenzo sets sights on Motegi victory challenge Jorge Lorenzo believes the characteristics of the Motegi circuit offer him a big opportunity to secure his maiden MotoGP win as a Ducati rider in this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The Spaniard led the Aragon Grand Prix for 15 laps on his Desmosedici before dropping to third behind the Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and DaniPedrosa. While disappointed to have led for so long and still be denied a first win of his Ducati career, the Spaniard expected to struggle at a track which has not suited the Italian manufacturer over the years. However, the stop-start nature of the Motegi circuit – as well as his love for it – has kept Lorezno’s hopes of challenging for victory high. “Aragon was not the ideal time for our bike, especially in the last few years,” Lorenzo, who has three premier class wins at Motegi to his credit, said. “The only year they’ve (Ducati) been very competitive here was 2010, but then the last five years was not the best track. “But Motegi can be (better suited to the GP17), so I have a lot of hopes for this track. “It’s one of my favourite tracks, lot of hard braking, lots of acceleration, so there we can try again to fight for the victory.” Lorenzo praised the efforts of Ducati following the Aragon race in helping him adjust his style to the bike at each circuit and says he feels more ‘natural’ on the GP17 – though he concedes he still needs more time to fully adapt to the bike’s strong points.

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This was after dominating at Twin Ring Motegi . Heading into round 15 of 18 at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi , Marc Marquez was 52 points ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi, and 66 ahead of Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Championship leader Marc Marquez dominated a soaking first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix from Motegi, with Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro his nearest challenger in second.

AvintiaDucati’s Hector Barbera was the early pacesetter in the sodden first session with a 2m00.685s, though this was soon eclipsed by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales with a 1m59.344s.

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Typically finding the going tough in wet conditions on the YZRM1, Vinales – who is third in the standings and 28 points off of the lead – lowered his benchmark to a 1m58.303s with 30 minutes left on the clock.

Dovizioso fastest in FP2 as Marquez crashes

  Dovizioso fastest in FP2 as Marquez crashes Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati responded to Marc Marquez’s blistering first practice pace by ending a wet Friday at Motegi fastest of all as the Spaniard crashed. After a steady start to proceedings this morning in fifth, Dovizioso went top of the pile in the afternoon immediately with a 1m55.837s, which put him nine tenths clear of the field. Marquez cut the gap to half a second 15 minutes in, though the Italian soon responded to the Honda rider’s advances and set a 1m54.877s. The Ducati rider remained largely unchallenged for the next 20 minutes, but Marquez did begin to apply pressure with eight minutes to go with a 1m54.920s, which put him to within five hundredths of a second of his nearest championship rival. Pushing to try and reclaim top spot in the final few minutes, Marquez was flicked from his RC213V at Turn 4. The championship leader was unscathed and remained second when the chequered flag fell. Twitter: This time @marcmarquez93 pushes the limits a little too far! #RiderOK #JapaneseGP (@MotoGP) Dovizioso was unable to improve on his laptime in the closing stages, while Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro completed the top three after a 1m55.061s lap riddled with small moments as the Spaniard pushed hard. Jorge Lorenzo brushed off his shunt with Cal Crutchlowthis morning to go fourth fastest ahead of Tech3’s Johann Zarco, who ended Friday as the only Yamaha rider inside the top 10.

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Marquez demoted his fellow Spaniard almost immediately, however, with a 1m58.303s and improved to a 1m56.349s to go almost two seconds clear at just over half distance.

Nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso – who comes into this round 16 points back – was able to briefly cut down the Honda rider’s advantage to 0.391 seconds as he jumped up to second, though was soon shuffled back to fifth while Marquez improved to a 1m55.418s.

As the field pushed on in the final few minutes, several riders were caught out by the conditions. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone slid off his GSXRR at Turn 8, while Cal Crutchlow lost control of his LCR Honda under braking for Turn 9 and collided with Jorge Lorenzo – both walked away unscathed.

Aprilia’sEspargaro was a late improver on his RSGP in second spot, 0.875s off of Marquez’s best pace, while future teammate Scott Redding completed the top three on his PramacDucati.

Zarco takes Motegi pole as slick tyre gamble backfires for Marquez

  Zarco takes Motegi pole as slick tyre gamble backfires for Marquez Johann Zarco took a second career MotoGP pole after a gamble from Marc Marquez to run slick tyres backfired in the closing stages of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. While most opted for wet tyres at the start of Q2, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi – who had just one bike at his disposal after a crash in fourth practice – gambled on slicks with the track continuing to dry over the course of the 15-minuteQ1 session. Marquez, meanwhile, shot to the top of the pile with a 1m53.903s despite a huge slide at the final corner, which was the best lap of the weekend and put him almost two seconds clear of the field. Rossi‘s first lap on slicks was almost 20s adrift. After a second effort of 2m09.872s, Rossi returned to his garage for wet tyres, while Marquez headed out on slicks to explore the conditions with his benchmark lap yet to come under threat. The Honda rider was unable to find any time on his slick tyres, and soon found his place on the front row insecure as the timing screen lit up with personal best sector times. Zarco put in a blinding final sector to take over top spot with a 1m53.469s with a minute to go, while DaniloPetrucci, DaniPedrosa and AleixEspargaro vied to deny the Frenchman his first pole since the Assen race. Zarco was unable to improve on his final lap, and Petrucci lost time in the last sector in second spot. Espargaro ended up just four hundredths of a second from a maiden Aprilia front row, which kept championship leader Marquez third.

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Motegi GP FP 1 – “I am sick. It was a difficult journey. I did not sleep. I hope to get better.” Valentino Rossi arrives at Motegi not in top form and track shows that. The quickest in Motegi GP FP 1 was Andrea Dovioso, then Marquez and Lorenzo.

Despite the incident with Crutchlow, Lorenzo ended the morning in fourth ahead of teammateDovizioso, who will be somewhat concerned at the 1.2s gap separating him from Marquez.

Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco headed Crutchlow in sixth, while Alex Rins – who tested a new aerodynamic fairing this morning – finished up eighth quickest despite a late technical issue.

Vinales dropped to ninth at the chequered flag, while Bradley Smith – who was recently confirmed as remaining with KTM for 2018 despite speculation he would be replaced by test rider MikaKallio – completed the top 10, with teammate Pol Espargaro0.243s adrift in 11th.

DaniloPetrucci was second quickest at one stage, but his session was brought to a temporary halt as his DucatiGP17 ground to a stop exiting Turn 2. The Italian was able to return to circuit and was 12th ahead of Iannone and initial pacesetter Barbera.

Marquez 'understands many things' after slick-tyre laps in qualifying

  Marquez 'understands many things' after slick-tyre laps in qualifying Despite it costing him pole for the Japanese MotoGP, Marc Marquez believes his laps on slick tyres gained him a better understanding of grip limits should a similar situation arise on Sunday. Marquez laid down an impressive gauntlet on his opening lap in a damp-but-dryingQ2 of 1m53.903s to go almost two seconds clear of the field – this despite a big slide exiting the final corner. Dry patches were quickly forming on the Motegi circuit, and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi gambled for slicks from the outset of Q2. However, after his first lap was 19 seconds off the pace, the Italian switched to wet rubber. With a strong benchmark time set, Marquez felt the track was dry enough to at least assess conditions on slick tyres for the final five minutes of the session. While he was beaten to pole by Tech3’s Johann Zarco and shuffled to third by Praamc’sDaniloPetrucci, Marquez felt the switch – albeit too early – was worth it as he gained vital information should conditions be similar in the race. “Yeah, of course, it was too early in the end; when we finish the practice we ralise,” the championship leader said. “But in the end I did a good laptime in the first lap with the soft (wet) tyre. Then I was thinking of putting in the extra-soft to improve the laptime. “But when I stop in the box, I take the gamble because it was so close (the crossover point between wets and slicks).

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KohtaNozane, , completed the top 15 in his first official MotoGP session, and was faster than factory rider Valentino Rossi (19th) and the Japanese rider’s fellow Yamaha tester KatsuyukiNakasuga (23rd).

HiroshiAoyama completed the 24strong field in first practice, as he begind his duties as Jack Miller’s substitute for Marc VDS Honda while the Australian recovers from a broken right leg. Teammate Tito Rabat was an early faller in 21st, with Dani Pedrosa struggling ahead in 20th.

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Marc Marquez began an important weekend for the championship in great fashion, ending the first free practice session in first place. The championship leader was able to beat out his championship rival Andrea Dovizioso, who would end the morning in fourth place. Johann Zarco was second, just a week after his pole position at Motegi. Jack Miller was third, impressing in front of his home crowd. Maverick Vinales was fifth, whilst Andrea Iannone was sixth. Pol Espargaro was seventh, with Jorge Lorenzo ending the morning session down in eighth place. Bradley Smith had a good session, finishing in ninth, whilst fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow was tenth. Dani Pedrosa was down in eleventh place, whilst Aleix Espargaro was twelfth. It was a disappointing session for Valentino Rossi. The Italian was all the way down in thirteenth place, and will be looking to improve his times later on in the second free practice session. That session gets underway at 05:15 BST.

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