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  • 2018-10-21
  • MotoGP Japan: Andrea Dovizioso Takes Pole Position at Twin Ring Motegi

  • The Round 16 on MotoGP 2018, Japanese Grand Prix ran Qualifying at Twin Ring Motegi on October 20, 2018.
    Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) withdrew from Japanese MotoGP due to injury.
    Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took pole position with 1m 44.590s, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was second position behind Dovizioso by 0.068s. Third position was Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) with 1m 44.727s.
    Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) will start on second row tomorrow.
    However, Marc Marquez currently leads 77 points Andrea Dovizioso in World Title race, if he wins, he will take his fifth MotoGP™ World Champion.
    Local riders Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) was 12th and Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha Factory) was 20th, respectively.

    Andrea Dovizioso said:
    “I’m happy about the pole position and the feeling I had for the pole position. I’m happy also here in the way we work. The base was really good from the first practice but we were able to improve a little bit this afternoon and able to make a really good lap time in the qualifying.
    This morning already with the 1m 45.0s I had a really good feeling and I knew I was able to make more or less that lap time. The bike worked well.
    But Marc I think has a really good pace. Today he was the fastest. I didn’t use a new tyre in the afternoon but his pace is really strong. So I think at the moment we are very similar with the pace about the race.
    And I think there are other riders who have really good pace. So let’s tomorrow the conditions and also the tyre choice. I think almost everybody went quite fast with the medium and the soft so everybody has to make the right decision.
    The goal is to win the race. I don’t care about his celebration because we’re thinking about the championship. We want to win. We want to improve the bike and take the maximum of the weekend.”

    Johann Zarco said:
    “I’m happy to be fast again. From FP1 I got a good pace and could work well with the team, trying to get better but that’s pretty difficult. For the qualifying, with the first tyre, it was quite difficult. But with the second one I was quite fast.
    We learned from this today but, in general, all weekend we’ve had good pace and we’ve been pushing really hard. Here, in Motegi, it’s really hard because the track has so many braking zones that it’s very difficult to make a perfect lap but today I feel like I got as close as I could to doing a perfect lap.”

    Jack Miller said:
    “I’m semi-satisfied. I expected more. I’m surprised to be on the front row but I did the lap time on the first run of tyres and we know that the first lap is not really the optimum lap for the tyres. So the second lap was going to be a good one but I pushed too hard into Turn 5 and locked the front. I was going in way too fast and I just tried to continue and see what would happen, and what happened was I landed on my bum.
    I missed the pole by almost nothing because I made a mistake on the last chicane but starting from the first row is the main thing and I’m pretty happy. It’s a good opportunity, I think.”

    Motul Grand Prix of Japan Qualifying Results
    1. Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 1m 44.590s
    2. Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 44.658s
    3. Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 1m 44.727s
    4. Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 1m 44.820s
    5. Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 44.832s
    6. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1m 44.889s
    7. Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 45.140s
    8. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 45.225s
    9. Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 45.265s
    10. Alvaro Bautista / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 45.396s
    11. Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 1m 45.519s
    12. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1m 46.168s
    13. Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 45.722s
    14. Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 45.742s
    15. Danilo Petrucci / Pramac Ducati / 1m 45.759s
    16. Hafizh Syahrin / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 45.765s
    17. Franco Morbidelli / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 45.969s
    18. Karel Abraham / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 46.072s
    19. Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 46.183s
    20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga / Yamaha Factory / 1m 46.441s
    21. Scott Redding / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 46.571s
    22. Xavier Simeon / Reale Avintia / 1m 46.573s
    23. Thomas Luthi / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 46.817s
    24. Sylvain Guintoli / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 47.106s
    25. Jordi Torres / Reale Avintia / 1m 47.147s
  • source : MotoGP
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