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Japan GP: Practice

Japan GP: Practice

Japan GP: Practice

The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi was one of the most exciting races of the season, and the MotoGP Channel gives you the chance to relive all the action from a memorable weekend. Today we show you the best moments from qualifying, and tomorrow you can see all the race action in MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc from the land of the rising sun.

Italian rider Loris Capirossi clocked a record time of 1'46.363 at Twin Motegi, putting him him at the front of the MotoGP grid. Compatriot Valentino Rossi suffered bad luck, as his final lap finished three seconds after the close of the session and wouldn´t count, leaving him in eleventh. John Hopkins earned second for Suzuki at their home circuit, also using Bridgestones and left Marco Melandri on third (the fastest Michelin rider)

In 250cc, home riders dominated. Hiroshi Aoyama grabbed the second 250cc pole of his career, blazing to pole position and setting a new lap record of 1'51.843. The Movistar Honda rider would be joined on the front row by Jorge Lorenzo, who was only 0.016s adrift on his first 250cc appearance at the Twin Ring Motegi.

Aoyama's younger brother Shuhei secured third in a last-gasp push, demoting Aprilia's Alex de Angelis to the last spot of the front row.

Gabor Talmacsi would start the 125cc race from the front. The Hungarian snatched his first pole from Red Bull KTM teammate, Mika Kallio, who dropped down to fifth after crashing on his last flying lap.

Local hero Tomoyoshi Koyama qualified on the front row for the first time of his GP career, he was second fastest ahead of Mattia Pasini and Marco Simoncelli.

MotoGP, 2006

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