Marc Marquez
Oct 26

MotoGP: Bradl Leads Final Japanese GP Practice As Marquez Crashes

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday's Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday’s Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl was quickest as Sunday practice was staged ahead of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider led the way from Repsol Honda Team pairing Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, with the championship leader having walked away from a high-speed crash earlier in the session.

After the disruption of Friday and Saturday, there were now blue skies and a warm morning. Bradl, back in action after fracturing an ankle in Malaysia just over two weeks ago, posted the session-leading effort of 1’46.440, 19 thousandths of a second up on Pedrosa and one tenth quicker than Marquez. In-turn, the rookie – who could claim the world title later today – beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo to fourth spot by 17 thousandths, having rejoined from his crash which featured the Spaniard bouncing across the Turn 12 gravel trap.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Marquez ‘Took More Risks Than Usual’ In Motegi Qualifying

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan from second place on the grid, ahead of another opportunity to clinch the MotoGP world title on Sunday.

First presented with a chance to seal the crown in Australia last weekend, Marquez’s race ended in disqualification as winner Jorge Lorenzo took victory. At Motegi, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider again heads up the grid from Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez, bidding to become the youngest premier class title winner in history.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Lorenzo Takes Crucial Motegi Pole, Marquez Second

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain claimed pole position for the Japanese MotoGP on Saturday, putting himself in place to challenge championship leader and compatriot Marc Marquez in Sunday’s race.

Lorenzo was 0.658 seconds faster than Marquez in a single 75-minute qualifying session which was cut short because of rain at the Twin Ring Motegi track north of Tokyo.

Oct 25

MotoGP: Championship Clinching Scenarios For Marquez In Japan

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez did not pick up the MotoGP title when it was first possible, dramatically disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for failing to make a mandatory bike change within the permitted window. Moving straight on to Japan, the 20-year-old Spaniard has another chance of achieving the dream of a lifetime.

Following Jorge Lorenzo’s victory in Australia, Marquez now has an 18-point lead at the head of the World Championship classification. The Repsol Honda Team rider needs to increase his lead by at least eight points to clinch the title at Motegi this weekend.

Marquez will become World Champion in Japan under the following circumstances:

- Marquez wins with Lorenzo third or lower

- Marquez finishes second with Lorenzo fifth or lower

Oct 24

MotoGP: Thursday Pre-Race Press Conference, Japan GP At Motegi

MotoGP: Thursday Pre-Race Press Conference, Japan GP At Motegi

Riders gather with the press prior to the Japan GP. (Photo: Courtesy of MotoGP.com)

The AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan began on Thursday at the Twin Ring Motegi as Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez was joined by Yamaha Factory Racing duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Avintia Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama, Tuenti HP 40’s Moto2 title contender Pol Espargaro and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami in the Thursday pre-race press conference.