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Moto3™ Race Guide for the Japanese GP

Moto3™ Race Guide for the Japanese GP

Get all of the information you need in one place ahead of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

The 24-lap race at the Twin Ring Motegi is due to start at 12:05am local time on Sunday:

  • Romano Fenati, making his 67th grand prix start, is on pole for the first time. This is also just the third time in his career that he has qualified on the front row.

  • After eleven successive Moto3™ poles for Honda riders, Fenati is the first KTM rider to start from pole since Miguel Oliveira was fastest qualifier in Argentina earlier this year.

  • Nico Antonelli, who is in second place on the grid, has finished in the top six eight times in the last ten races.

  • Enea Bastianini is in the final place on the front row. Bastianini has had two crashes and a race win in the last three races.

  • This is the first time in the lightweight-class of grand prix racing that the top three riders on the grid are all Italian since the 125cc race in South Africa in 2004.

  •  Championship leader Danny Kent is in fourth place on the grid – the first time he has missed out on the front row since the Dutch TT.

  • In fifth place on the grid is Miguel Oliveira, who will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in his grand prix career.

  • The rider in sixth place on the grid, Jorge Navarro, finished on the podium for the first time two weeks ago in Aragon.


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