Sport Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

06:15  13 october  2017
06:15  13 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

  Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1 Championship leader Marc Marquez dominated a soaking first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix from Motegi, with Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro his nearest challenger in second. Avintia Ducati’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. Typically finding the going tough in wet conditions on the YZR–M1, 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. 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 GSX–RR 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. Twitter: BIG crash for @lorenzo99 & @calcrutchlow! Fortunately both OK & errmm… discussing what happened in the gravel… https://t.

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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 pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass

  Dovizioso pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass Andrea Dovizioso knew he could win the Motegi MotoGP race if he could line Marc Marquez up for a pass at Turn 11, as his Ducati was performing much better on the brakes than the Honda. The Italian made his way from ninth on the grid to the podium positions in a matter of four laps at the start of a wet Japanese Grand Prix, and proceeded to battle with championship leader Marquez for the entirety of the race. Struggling with rear grip in the closing stages, the Italian knew his best chance at winning the race would be into the heavy braking zone of Turn 11 at the end of the lap, but was finding it difficult to close the gap to Marquez. A small mistake from the Honda rider at Turn 8 allowed Dovizioso to close up and execute a pass at Turn 11, while fending off a last-gasp attack at the last corner to take his fifth win of the season. “I was struggling a lot,” the Ducati rider, who now trails Marquez by just 11 points, said. “He tried to push again in the last two laps, but maybe was over the limit. He did a mistake and I was able to catch him again, and I knew Turn 11 was my break. “I knew I had to do everything perfect in two corners to be ready for Turn 11. “That was already at the beginning of my race my strategy, but it was difficult because he was making really good laptimes. “I was able to exit Turn 10 behind him and I brake so hard. My bike in the braking was better than his bike, but (still) remaining two corners, and there was Marc behind me.

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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.

Dovizioso beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle

  Dovizioso beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle Andrea Dovizioso reduced his deficit in the MotoGP championship to just 11 points after prevailing in a thrilling battle with standings leader Marc Marquez in a wet Japanese Grand Prix. Marquez swooped into the lead at the first corner off the line, while Jorge Lorenzo slotted in behind and team-mateDovizioso jumped up to fifth. Lorenzo took the lead away from his compatriot at Turn 9, while, shod with the extra-soft rear tyre – one of just six riders to run with that compound – DaniloPetrucci used his early grip advantage to hunt down the Spaniard and take second away from him. The Pramac rider then scythed past Lorenzo for the lead and pulled over a second clear, though was gradually reeled in by Marquez over the next few laps as Lorenzo faded away to eighth. By lap four, Dovizioso had moved into third and was being dragged along by Marquez, who eventually found a way through on Petrucci on lap 12 at Turn 11. Dovizioso immediately passed Petrucci at the first corner on the following lap and began his pursuit of Marquez, with the Italian overhauling the Honda rider with six laps remaining. The Ducati rider put almost a second of daylight between the pair, but Marquez closed him down again and retook the lead at the beginning of lap 21. Dovizioso retaliated with a daring move up the inside of the 130R corner, though the Honda rider countered this into Turn 9 and edged half a second clear as they began the final lap.

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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.

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 https://t.co/rFhhZ1mEbY (@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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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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Vinales: Championship is out of my hands .
Maverick Vinales concedes that his MotoGP championship tilt is ‘not in my hands’ after slipping to 41 points adrift of standings leader Marc Marquez in the Japanese Grand Prix. The Yamaha rider struggled all weekend – just as he has done for the entirety of this season in wet conditions – with rear grip, and the issue failed to improve on Sunday. Qualifying a joint career-worst14th, Vinales made slow progress through the field and could do no better than ninth, while main championship rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Marquez finished one-two after an sensation battle. With a 41-point deficit and only 75 available, Vinales admits he will need Dovizioso and Marquez to hit major strife in the final three races if he is to stand any chance of securing a maiden premier class crown. “41 points is a lot. It’s not in my hands now,” Vinales said of his championship challenge. “Now I need other circumstances to happen to win this title. But, until the points are done we are going to try and give everything. “I pushed my best. Honestly, I gave everything, especially in the first laps I was feeling better and I was trying everything. “But it was a very difficult race, very difficult to ride the bike. “I was quite close to hitting the ground five or six times. So I said ‘OK, this is the limit.’ The bike didn’t allow for more.” Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, who passed Vinales in the latter stages of the 24-lapMotegi race, similarly struggled for grip in the conditions.

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