Dani Pedrosa
Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Wins Japanese Grand Prix To Keep Title Fight Alive

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed for the seventh time in 2013, winning Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider fought off a stiff challenge from Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to ensure that the MotoGP title battle goes down to the wire for the first time since 2006.

Providing a truly unpredictable end to the late-season triple-header, the Motegi weekend was very much shaken up by inclement weather conditions; this led to the cancellation of all track action on Friday as well as heavy modifications to the Saturday agenda. Ironically, Sunday’s race took place under clear blue skies in Japan.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Bradl Leads Final Japanese GP Practice As Marquez Crashes

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday's Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday’s Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl was quickest as Sunday practice was staged ahead of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider led the way from Repsol Honda Team pairing Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, with the championship leader having walked away from a high-speed crash earlier in the session.

After the disruption of Friday and Saturday, there were now blue skies and a warm morning. Bradl, back in action after fracturing an ankle in Malaysia just over two weeks ago, posted the session-leading effort of 1’46.440, 19 thousandths of a second up on Pedrosa and one tenth quicker than Marquez. In-turn, the rookie – who could claim the world title later today – beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo to fourth spot by 17 thousandths, having rejoined from his crash which featured the Spaniard bouncing across the Turn 12 gravel trap.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Lorenzo Takes Crucial Motegi Pole, Marquez Second

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain claimed pole position for the Japanese MotoGP on Saturday, putting himself in place to challenge championship leader and compatriot Marc Marquez in Sunday’s race.

Lorenzo was 0.658 seconds faster than Marquez in a single 75-minute qualifying session which was cut short because of rain at the Twin Ring Motegi track north of Tokyo.

Oct 25

MotoGP: Riders Spend Time With Fans During Motegi Weather Delay

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans during Friday’s weather delay. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

All on-track activity was cancelled Friday at Twin Ring Motegi due to poor weather conditions, but that didn’t put a damper on the festivities happening in the MotoGP paddock.

The Japanese crowd, which is known for being dedicated and loyal, decided to stick around despite the lengthy delay. Several riders – including Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa – rewarded them by signing autographs and taking photographs.

They quickly turned a dreary day in to one filled with life and laughter. It was truly an outstanding moment, and is reflected in many of the photographs circling the garage.

We wanted to share some of our favorites with you…

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Oct 23

MotoGP: Marquez Has Shot At Title, Redemption In Japan

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez looks to the Japanese GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

In the final round of the triple-header at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi, Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez will get another shot at taking the title if he out-scores Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo by eight points or more while also seeing off the renewed challenge of his own teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez, who in the previous round was disqualified due to a team error regarding the then-compulsory mid-way bike swap, will be looking to make amends at Honda’s home track. With the stop-and-go nature of the Motegi circuit, both he and Pedrosa will be two of the favorites for victory.