Motegi MotoGP: Sunday Guide

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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
14Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda289.91’47.001
246Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha291.71’47.0550.054 / 0.054
327Casey STONERAUSDucati TeamDucati294.41’47.1050.104 / 0.050
499Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha293.21’47.2060.205 / 0.101
55Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha289.81’47.4640.463 / 0.258
611Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha290.41’47.6480.647 / 0.184
714Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda290.11’47.7520.751 / 0.104
858Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda289.51’47.9140.913 / 0.162
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki288.21’48.0021.001 / 0.088
1065Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki289.11’48.0681.067 / 0.066
1169Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati286.51’48.1821.181 / 0.114
1233Marco MELANDRIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda288.51’48.2381.237 / 0.056
1341Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati279.11’48.3711.370 / 0.133
147Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda281.81’48.3961.395 / 0.025
1540Hector BARBERASPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati285.51’48.5351.534 / 0.139
1636Mika KALLIOFINPramac Racing TeamDucati289.51’49.4802.479 / 0.945
26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda

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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
160Julian SIMONSPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter256.31’53.008
245Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter253.41’53.2920.284 / 0.284
372Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNTech 3 RacingTech 3254.21’53.4390.431 / 0.147
424Toni ELIASSPAGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki256.21’53.5040.496 / 0.065
571Claudio CORTIITAForward RacingSuter252.31’53.5070.499 / 0.003
615Alex DE ANGELISRSMJIR Moto2Motobi256.71’53.5450.537 / 0.038
717Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingFTR251.91’53.5610.553 / 0.016
865Stefan BRADLGERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter256.21’53.5910.583 / 0.030
968Yonny HERNANDEZCOLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2254.71’53.6010.593 / 0.010
1029Andrea IANNONEITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up256.51’53.7470.739 / 0.146
1144Roberto ROLFOITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter252.51’53.8170.809 / 0.070
1277Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag-CIPSuter253.41’53.8300.822 / 0.013
1316Jules CLUZELFRAForward RacingSuter257.51’53.9200.912 / 0.090
1410Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki252.51’53.9290.921 / 0.009
1525Alex BALDOLINIITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.256.51’53.9540.946 / 0.025
1612Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki256.21’53.9610.953 / 0.007
1735Raffaele DE ROSAITATech 3 RacingTech 3253.41’54.0701.062 / 0.109
183Simone CORSIITAJIR Moto2Motobi253.01’54.2521.244 / 0.182
1963Mike DI MEGLIOFRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter254.11’54.3631.355 / 0.111
2040Sergio GADEASPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex259.51’54.3901.382 / 0.027
219Kenny NOYESUSAJack & Jones by A.BanderasPromoharris253.01’54.4171.409 / 0.027
2214Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota253.71’54.4981.490 / 0.081
2356Michael RANSEDERAUTVector Kiefer RacingSuter253.91’54.5041.496 / 0.006
2455Hector FAUBELSPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter252.61’54.5291.521 / 0.025
2511Yusuke TESHIMAJPNFCC TSRTSR251.51’54.5651.557 / 0.036
266Alex DEBONSPAAeroport de Castello – AjoFTR256.31’54.5961.588 / 0.031
2783Shogo MORIWAKIJPNMoriwaki RacingMoriwaki253.21’54.6311.623 / 0.035
282Gabor TALMACSIHUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up255.01’54.6451.637 / 0.014
2980Axel PONSSPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex255.11’54.8371.829 / 0.192
3028Kazuki WATANABEJPNRacing Team GermanySuter252.71’55.4132.405 / 0.576
318Anthony WESTAUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda252.51’55.5442.536 / 0.131
3253Valentin DEBISEFRAWTR San Marino TeamADV251.71’55.5482.540 / 0.004
3370Ferruccio LAMBORGHINIITAMatteoni RacingMoriwaki251.11’55.9552.947 / 0.407
344Ricard CARDUSSPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota254.61’56.1393.131 / 0.184
3539Robertino PIETRIVENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter249.11’56.1483.140 / 0.009
3695Mashel AL NAIMIQATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2252.31’56.2803.272 / 0.132
375Joan OLIVESPAJack & Jones by A.BanderasPromoharris254.21’56.4453.437 / 0.165
3888Yannick GUERRASPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki248.31’56.4743.466 / 0.029
3961Vladimir IVANOVUKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki254.21’56.6243.616 / 0.150
4066Hiromichi KUNIKAWAJPNBimota – M RacingBimota249.31’56.8493.841 / 0.225
4193Kouki TAKAHASHIJPNBurning Blood RTRBB248.81’57.1154.107 / 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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MARQUEZSPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi219.71’58.030
240Nicolas TEROLSPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia222.01’58.4470.417 / 0.417
338Bradley SMITHGBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia220.51’59.0260.996 / 0.579
411Sandro CORTESEGERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi216.01’59.1021.072 / 0.076
571Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia219.61’59.2091.179 / 0.107
612Esteve RABATSPABlusens-STXAprilia220.51’59.6601.630 / 0.451
744Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti RacingDerbi220.01’59.8731.843 / 0.213
815Simone GROTZKYJITAFontana RacingAprilia218.51’59.9911.961 / 0.118
923Alberto MONCAYOSPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia219.62’00.1772.147 / 0.186
107Efren VAZQUEZSPATuenti RacingDerbi219.22’00.2492.219 / 0.072
1194Jonas FOLGERGEROngetta TeamAprilia216.82’00.3452.315 / 0.096
1235Randy KRUMMENACHERSWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia216.72’00.5952.565 / 0.250
1399Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia CajasolAprilia218.22’00.6342.604 / 0.039
1439Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia220.22’01.0152.985 / 0.381
1526Adrian MARTINSPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia218.42’01.0833.053 / 0.068
1652Danny KENTGBRLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta211.12’01.1093.079 / 0.026
1743Takehiro YAMAMOTOJPNTeam NobbyHonda212.32’01.2853.255 / 0.176
1814Johann ZARCOFRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia212.72’01.4113.381 / 0.126
1972Marco RAVAIOLIITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta213.72’01.6603.630 / 0.249
2084Jakub KORNFEILCZERacing Team GermanyAprilia213.72’01.6843.654 / 0.024
2178Marcel SCHROTTERGERInterwetten Honda 125Honda214.82’01.7633.733 / 0.079
2253Jasper IWEMANEDCBC CorseAprilia215.82’02.0714.041 / 0.308
2369Louis ROSSIFRACBC CorseAprilia213.52’02.2404.210 / 0.169
2450Sturla FAGERHAUGNORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia211.12’02.3094.279 / 0.069
2591Sasuke SHINOZAKIJPNTeam Tec2Yamaha211.02’02.5214.491 / 0.212
2688Hikari OOKUBOJPN18 Garage Racing TeamHonda210.92’02.8164.786 / 0.295
2763Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia211.22’03.3165.286 / 0.500
2842Syunya MORIJPNRacing SayamaHonda207.52’03.5925.562 / 0.276
2932Lorenzo SAVADORIITAMatteoni RacingAprilia204.82’04.1096.079 / 0.517
3089Yuma YAHAGIJPNEnduranceHonda206.52’04.6196.589 / 0.510
3187Luca MARCONIITAOngetta TeamAprilia210.32’05.9217.891 / 1.302
96Tommaso GABRIELLIITAOngetta TeamAprilia206.12’14.11316.083 / 8.19