GP Japan – MotoGP: Rossi surprises Marquez and write down the pole at Motegi


Valentino Rossi has clocked the pole position in the GP of Japan
after achieving a time of 1:43.954 in the last lap. The Italian,
that signature so his 64th pole position,
was ultimately a Marc
that at times seemed insurmountable to the mark input a time in
1:44.1. However, an error on his second flying lap and a flag
yellow did not allow the pilot of the Repsol Honda to replicate the ’46’.
Lorenzo will start in the first row after finishing third
, a great
result taking into account its strong fall in the FP3.

Motegi was a witness of one of the Q1 most peculiar of the year. Not for your course or resolution, but by the pilots that were. In the same were cited Bradley Smith in his return to racing three races later, Katsuyuki Nakagusa and Hiroshi Aoyama, testers of Yamaha and Honda respectively, and Mike Jones, champion of Australia SuperBike. A combination a both peculiar and more when Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa does not dispute this Grand Prize for their respective injuries, among other things, has forced Aoyama to ride the Honda RC213V of the Spanish.

despite this, in the end the protagonists of the Q1 were Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, who both signed their passage to Q2. The pilot of an Aprilia sign a time 1.45.614 to be the first slot of the session, while Redding was 94 mils. More than enough time for another party to overcome to Stefan Bradl after the German went to the ground in his last flying lap and lost his last chance to sneak in the second session. Jack Miller and Bradley Smith were fourth and fifth in Q1 respectively.


After billiards in Q1, Q2 began with the fall of Álvaro
. However, the Spanish rider was not the only one going to the ground already
that minutes later Cal Crutchlow also tested the hardness of the asphalt. It
however, while other riders suffered with the temperature of the
Marc Marquez was taken out of the sleeve a 1:44.1 that seemed almost
definite in your search of the pole. However,
the Spanish rider looked
surprised by Valentino Rossi
, every time the Italian managed to optimize
all their attempts to lap up to mark the final 1:43.954.

, Jorge Lorenzo signed the third position on the grid with a lap nearly three tenths slower than his team mate, but very creditable after suffering a sharp fall in the FP3 and have to fly to a nearby hospital for treatment. All in all, the pilot spaniard has managed to overcome an inspired Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian heads a second row which are also present Cal Crutchlow -despite his fall-and Aleix Espargaró. More discrete has been the classification of Maverick Viñales, every time that the rider of Suzuki will start in seventh position. Hector Barbera with Ducati official has been eighth.

starting grid for the GP of Japan MotoGP 2016

Pos. Num. Piloto País Equipo Moto Km/h Tiempo Difference 1st/Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 305.1 1’43.954
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.5 1’44.134 0.180 / 0.180
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 303.3 1’44.221 0.267 / 0.087
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 308.3 1’44.294 0.340 / 0.073
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 305.6 1’44.402 0.448 / 0.108
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 304.3 1’44.494 0.540 / 0.092
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 306.7 1’44.539 0.585 / 0.045
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Ducati Team Ducati 309.9 1’44.980 1.026 / 0.441
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.7 1’45.232 1.278 / 0.252
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 304.0 1’45.782 1.828 / 0.550
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 306.1 1’45.827 1.873 / 0.045
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia