Japanese GP
Oct 26

MotoGP: Marquez ‘Took More Risks Than Usual’ In Motegi Qualifying

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan from second place on the grid, ahead of another opportunity to clinch the MotoGP world title on Sunday.

First presented with a chance to seal the crown in Australia last weekend, Marquez’s race ended in disqualification as winner Jorge Lorenzo took victory. At Motegi, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider again heads up the grid from Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez, bidding to become the youngest premier class title winner in history.

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 25

MotoGP: Championship Clinching Scenarios For Marquez In Japan

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez did not pick up the MotoGP title when it was first possible, dramatically disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for failing to make a mandatory bike change within the permitted window. Moving straight on to Japan, the 20-year-old Spaniard has another chance of achieving the dream of a lifetime.

Following Jorge Lorenzo’s victory in Australia, Marquez now has an 18-point lead at the head of the World Championship classification. The Repsol Honda Team rider needs to increase his lead by at least eight points to clinch the title at Motegi this weekend.

Marquez will become World Champion in Japan under the following circumstances:

- Marquez wins with Lorenzo third or lower

- Marquez finishes second with Lorenzo fifth or lower

Oct 25

MotoGP: Bad Weather Leads To Cancellation Of All Friday Practices

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on MotoGP proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on MotoGP proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Friday’s MotoGP practice sessions have been cancelled due to low levels of visibility at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

The program was originally set to kick off with Moto3, but because of the thick fog, medical helicopters could not be operated safely.

MotoGP Sporting Code states that a medical helicopter must be available at the circuit at all times.