Oct 27

Crash Happy: Moto2, Moto3 Riders Slam Hard At Motegi

Sunday action at the tricky Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, Japan was jumpstarted by a wild Moto3 race, which saw major drama unfold on the very first lap.

While racing for a spot in the top-five, championship leader was caught up in a wreck triggered by . Viñales attempted a pass on the inside of Salom in the V Corner when Viñales lost control and high-sided.

Both riders would be OK, but were no longer a factor in the race. Salom will look to bounce back at the finale in Valencia, where he enters with a two-point leader over Maverick Viñales.

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Oct 27

MotoGP: Rookie Marquez Pleased With Motegi Result Despite Failing To Wrap Up Title

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

(left) and (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has once again failed to wrap up the 2013 World Championship, and will now look to capture the title in two weeks time at Valencia.

Marquez needed to outscore eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the title, but the Repsol Honda ace was unable to do so. Instead, Marquez finished second to Lorenzo, decreasing his championship lead to only 13 points with one race remaining in the season.

The 20-year-old struggled to keep pace with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo, and acknowledged that it was better to settle for second rather than crash out while vying for the win.

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Oct 26

MotoGP: Hayden On Front Row For Penultimate Race With Ducati

Nicky Hayden celebrates after qualifying third for Sunday's Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates after qualifying third for Sunday’s Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden made the most of Saturday’s 75-minute qualifying session at a damp Twin Ring Motegi, as the American rider captured his first front row start since Jerez in 2012.

Hayden held the provisional pole for much of the final 30 minutes, but his best time of 1:54.539 would only be good enough for third. Pole winner and championship leader were the only riders to outpace the 2006 World Champion.

Although Hayden was pleased with third, he admitted to being bitter over failing to nab the pole, which would have been his first since Portugal in 2007.

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Oct 25

MotoGP: Riders Spend Time With Fans During Motegi Weather Delay

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Nine-time champion poses with fans during Friday’s weather delay. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

All on-track activity was cancelled Friday at Twin Ring Motegi due to poor weather conditions, but that didn’t put a damper on the festivities happening in the MotoGP paddock.

The Japanese crowd, which is known for being dedicated and loyal, decided to stick around despite the lengthy delay. Several riders – including Valentino Rossi, and – rewarded them by signing autographs and taking photographs.

They quickly turned a dreary day in to one filled with life and laughter. It was truly an outstanding moment, and is reflected in many of the photographs circling the garage.

We wanted to share some of our favorites with you…

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

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Oct 25

MotoGP: Bad Weather Leads To Cancellation Of All Friday Practices

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on MotoGP proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Friday’s MotoGP practice sessions have been cancelled due to low levels of visibility at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

The program was originally set to kick off with Moto3, but because of the thick fog, medical helicopters could not be operated safely.

MotoGP Sporting Code states that a medical helicopter must be available at the circuit at all times.

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