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#JapaneseGP: MotoGP™ Race Guide

#JapaneseGP: MotoGP™ Race Guide

All of the vitals stats any fan needs to know in a bite-sized portion ahead of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

The 24-lap race at the Twin Ring Motegi kicks off at 14:00 local time on Sunday in Motegi:

  • Jorge Lorenzo is on pole for the fourth time this year. He is aiming to win in Japan for the third successive year.

  • Starting from the front row for the fourth time this year is Valentino Rossi who last won in Motegi in 2008.

  • This is the first time that Yamaha have taken the top two places on the grid since the opening race of 2013 in Qatar when Jorge Lorenzo was on pole and Cal Crutchlow qualified in second place. The last time that the two factory Yamaha riders filled the top two slots on the grid was at Le Mans in 2010 when Valentino Rossi was on pole from Jorge Lorenzo.

  • In third place on the grid is Marc Marquez, his eighth successive front row start. Motegi is one of just two circuits where Marquez has not had a win in the MotoGP class, along with Phillip Island.

  • Heading the second row is Andrea Dovizioso, which is his best qualifying result since he was third fastest qualifier at Mugello.

  • In fifth place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, who is one of just three riders who has scored points in all fourteen MotoGP races of 2015.

  • Dani Pedrosa is starting from the final place on the second row. After his second place finish in Aragon, Pedrosa will be aiming for back-to-back podium finishes for the first time this year.

  • At the head of the third row is Aleix Espargaro; he finished 6th two weeks ago in Aragon, his best result since joining the Suzuki factory Team at the start of this year.

  • Cal Crutchlow has qualified in eighth place on the grid and is the highest placed rider from the satellite teams.

  • In ninth place on the grid is Bradley Smith who has scored points at the last twenty MotoGP races.

  • Maverick Viñales heads the fourth row of the grid, his best qualifying result since the Czech Grand Prix.

  • In eleventh place on the grid is Pol Espargaro, the winner of the Moto2 race at Motegi two years ago.



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