Motegi MotoGP: Sunday Guide

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Motegi MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso starts from pole for the first time in the MotoGP class. Dovizioso won the 125cc GP race at Motegi in 2004 from pole position. He will be aiming to get back on the podium for the first time since he was second at Silverstone.

• Second on the grid is Valentino Rossi, who starts from the front row for the first time since he was on pole position at Le Mans. Rossi has now made eight MotoGP starts without taking a win, which is his longest barren run since winning for the first time in the premier-class.

• The last time that Italian riders took the top two places on the grid in MotoGP was also at the Japanese GP at Motegi – in 2006 when Loris Capirossi was on pole and Valentino Rossi was second on the grid.

• On the outside of the front row is Casey Stoner, who will be aiming to take his first win in any class at the Motegi circuit.

• Heading the second row is Jorge Lorenzo, who has failed to qualify on the front row for the first time this year. All of Lorenzo’s twelve MotoGP victories have been achieved starting from the front row of the grid.

• Fifth on the grid is Colin Edwards, equalling his best qualifying result of the year he achieved at the Italian Grand Prix.

• Ben Spies is the sixth fastest qualifier – his worst qualifying result since he was 13th on the grid at the German Grand Prix. Spies is the top Rookie in qualifying for the sixth successive race.

• Heading the third row of the grid is Randy de Puniet, who finished second in 2007 at the Japanese GP riding a Kawasaki.

• Marco Simoncelli is starting from eighth place on the grid. This equals his best qualifying result in the MotoGP class, which he has achieved four times previously.

• Ninth on the grid equals the best MotoGP qualifying result for Alvaro Bautista which he had earlier in the year at the Catalan GP.

• Loris Capirossi, who is tenth on the grid, won the MotoGP race at Motegi for three successive years from 2005 when riding for Ducati.

MotoGP: Motegi Starting Positions

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.9 1’47.001
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 291.7 1’47.055 0.054 / 0.054
3 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 294.4 1’47.105 0.104 / 0.050
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 293.2 1’47.206 0.205 / 0.101
5 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.8 1’47.464 0.463 / 0.258
6 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 290.4 1’47.648 0.647 / 0.184
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 290.1 1’47.752 0.751 / 0.104
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 289.5 1’47.914 0.913 / 0.162
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 288.2 1’48.002 1.001 / 0.088
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 289.1 1’48.068 1.067 / 0.066
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 286.5 1’48.182 1.181 / 0.114
12 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 288.5 1’48.238 1.237 / 0.056
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 279.1 1’48.371 1.370 / 0.133
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 281.8 1’48.396 1.395 / 0.025
15 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 285.5 1’48.535 1.534 / 0.139
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 289.5 1’49.480 2.479 / 0.945
26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

Motegi Moto2

• Julian Simon starts from pole for the second time in the Moto2 class. He has finished second at the last three successive races.

• Second on the grid is Scott Redding, who is starting from the front row for the fourth successive race. Redding will be aiming to become the youngest ever rider to win an intermediate-class Grand Prix, to add to his record of being the youngest ever rider to win a 125cc GP race.

• Yuki Takahashi is third on the grid, which is his first front row start since the Catalan Grand Prix where he went on to take the race victory. Takahashi finished third in 2002 at Motegi in his first ride in a 250cc Grand Prix as a wildcard aged just 18.

• On the outside of the front row is championship leader Toni Elias, who has twice won at Motegi in the 250cc class – in 2002 and 2003. Elias could become the first ever Moto2 world champion, if he wins the race and his closest challengers have poor results.

• Seventh on the grid is Karel Abraham – his best qualifying result so far in the Moto2 class.

Moto2: Motegi Starting Positions

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 60 Julian SIMON SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 256.3 1’53.008
2 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 253.4 1’53.292 0.284 / 0.284
3 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 254.2 1’53.439 0.431 / 0.147
4 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 256.2 1’53.504 0.496 / 0.065
5 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Suter 252.3 1’53.507 0.499 / 0.003
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM JIR Moto2 Motobi 256.7 1’53.545 0.537 / 0.038
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 251.9 1’53.561 0.553 / 0.016
8 65 Stefan BRADL GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 256.2 1’53.591 0.583 / 0.030
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 254.7 1’53.601 0.593 / 0.010
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 256.5 1’53.747 0.739 / 0.146
11 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 252.5 1’53.817 0.809 / 0.070
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 253.4 1’53.830 0.822 / 0.013
13 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward Racing Suter 257.5 1’53.920 0.912 / 0.090
14 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 252.5 1’53.929 0.921 / 0.009
15 25 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 256.5 1’53.954 0.946 / 0.025
16 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 256.2 1’53.961 0.953 / 0.007
17 35 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 253.4 1’54.070 1.062 / 0.109
18 3 Simone CORSI ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 253.0 1’54.252 1.244 / 0.182
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 254.1 1’54.363 1.355 / 0.111
20 40 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 259.5 1’54.390 1.382 / 0.027
21 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris 253.0 1’54.417 1.409 / 0.027
22 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 253.7 1’54.498 1.490 / 0.081
23 56 Michael RANSEDER AUT Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 253.9 1’54.504 1.496 / 0.006
24 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 252.6 1’54.529 1.521 / 0.025
25 11 Yusuke TESHIMA JPN FCC TSR TSR 251.5 1’54.565 1.557 / 0.036
26 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo FTR 256.3 1’54.596 1.588 / 0.031
27 83 Shogo MORIWAKI JPN Moriwaki Racing Moriwaki 253.2 1’54.631 1.623 / 0.035
28 2 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 255.0 1’54.645 1.637 / 0.014
29 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 255.1 1’54.837 1.829 / 0.192
30 28 Kazuki WATANABE JPN Racing Team Germany Suter 252.7 1’55.413 2.405 / 0.576
31 8 Anthony WEST AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 252.5 1’55.544 2.536 / 0.131
32 53 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 251.7 1’55.548 2.540 / 0.004
33 70 Ferruccio LAMBORGHINI ITA Matteoni Racing Moriwaki 251.1 1’55.955 2.947 / 0.407
34 4 Ricard CARDUS SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 254.6 1’56.139 3.131 / 0.184
35 39 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 249.1 1’56.148 3.140 / 0.009
36 95 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 252.3 1’56.280 3.272 / 0.132
37 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas Promoharris 254.2 1’56.445 3.437 / 0.165
38 88 Yannick GUERRA SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 248.3 1’56.474 3.466 / 0.029
39 61 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 254.2 1’56.624 3.616 / 0.150
40 66 Hiromichi KUNIKAWA JPN Bimota – M Racing Bimota 249.3 1’56.849 3.841 / 0.225
41 93 Kouki TAKAHASHI JPN Burning Blood RT RBB 248.8 1’57.115 4.107 / 0.26

Motegi 125cc GP

• Spanish riders have won the last twenty-two 125cc races. The last non-Spanish winner in the 125cc class was Andrea Iannone at the Catalan Grand Prix last year.

• Marc Marquez starts from pole for the ninth time in 2010. This equals the record for the most poles in a single season in the 125cc class previously achieved by Roberto Locatelli in 2000 and Mattia Pasini in 2007. Marquez has won four races so far this year when he has started from pole.

• Second on the grid is Nico Terol, who has finished on the podium nine times in the ten races that he has finished in 2010. His fourth place finish at Silverstone is the only time he has been off the podium.

• Bradley Smith, who is third fastest qualifier, will be aiming to finish on the podium for the first time in Japan.

• Sandro Cortese has qualified on the front row of the grid for the sixth time in 2010.

• Heading the second row of the grid is Tomoyoshi Koyama, whose best result at his home Grand Prix is a fourth place finish in 2005.

• Pol Espargaro is starting from seventh place on the grid, which is his worst qualifying result so far in 2010.

• Simone Grotzkyj has taken the final place on the second row of the grid, which is his best ever qualifying result in GP racing.

125cc GP: Motegi Starting Positions 

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 219.7 1’58.030
2 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 222.0 1’58.447 0.417 / 0.417
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 220.5 1’59.026 0.996 / 0.579
4 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 216.0 1’59.102 1.072 / 0.076
5 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 219.6 1’59.209 1.179 / 0.107
6 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 220.5 1’59.660 1.630 / 0.451
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 220.0 1’59.873 1.843 / 0.213
8 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 218.5 1’59.991 1.961 / 0.118
9 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 219.6 2’00.177 2.147 / 0.186
10 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 219.2 2’00.249 2.219 / 0.072
11 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 216.8 2’00.345 2.315 / 0.096
12 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 216.7 2’00.595 2.565 / 0.250
13 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 218.2 2’00.634 2.604 / 0.039
14 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 220.2 2’01.015 2.985 / 0.381
15 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 218.4 2’01.083 3.053 / 0.068
16 52 Danny KENT GBR Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 211.1 2’01.109 3.079 / 0.026
17 43 Takehiro YAMAMOTO JPN Team Nobby Honda 212.3 2’01.285 3.255 / 0.176
18 14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 212.7 2’01.411 3.381 / 0.126
19 72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 213.7 2’01.660 3.630 / 0.249
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 213.7 2’01.684 3.654 / 0.024
21 78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 214.8 2’01.763 3.733 / 0.079
22 53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC Corse Aprilia 215.8 2’02.071 4.041 / 0.308
23 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC Corse Aprilia 213.5 2’02.240 4.210 / 0.169
24 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 211.1 2’02.309 4.279 / 0.069
25 91 Sasuke SHINOZAKI JPN Team Tec2 Yamaha 211.0 2’02.521 4.491 / 0.212
26 88 Hikari OOKUBO JPN 18 Garage Racing Team Honda 210.9 2’02.816 4.786 / 0.295
27 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 211.2 2’03.316 5.286 / 0.500
28 42 Syunya MORI JPN Racing Sayama Honda 207.5 2’03.592 5.562 / 0.276
29 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Matteoni Racing Aprilia 204.8 2’04.109 6.079 / 0.517
30 89 Yuma YAHAGI JPN Endurance Honda 206.5 2’04.619 6.589 / 0.510
31 87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 210.3 2’05.921 7.891 / 1.302
96 Tommaso GABRIELLI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 206.1 2’14.113 16.083 / 8.19