Saturday, October 11, 2014

Repsol Honda's Pedrosa 3rd, Marquez 4th in MotoGP Qualifying for Motegi GP

Press Release

Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Round 15 - Saturday, October 11th 2014

  Japan - Qualifying Report

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Front row start for Pedrosa in 3rd with Marquez in 4th for GP of Japan

Front row start for Pedrosa in 3rd with Marquez in 4th for GP of Japan

It was a toughly fought battle for pole position in Motegi, with several riders vying for the top spot and ten riders within six seconds of each other. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez at times both led the session but on his final lap, in the penultimate corner, Dani lost the front end of his Honda RC213V and with it the chance to take pole position and his time of 1’44.755 placed him 3rd behind Dovizioso and Rossi.
Teammate and Championship leader Marc Marquez was also battling for pole and missed out on a front row start by just 0.020s. His time of 1’44.775 places him 4th for tomorrow’s 24 lap race, where he has his first opportunity to seal the 2014 World Championship.
Team Quotes
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
3rd - 1'44.755
“I’m happy today because we had a good qualifying session and were setting some good times. Unfortunately I crashed on the last lap, almost at the final corner, when I was going quickly to try to get pole position. Luckily I'm fine and tomorrow I will try to use this front row spot to get a good start. It could be a very tight race, because there are many riders who have shown a good pace and this is a circuit that allows for very close lap times. We’ll see what happens but we will strive to do our best and we will remain fully focused. It will be important to ride with skill and bravery.”
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
4th - 1'44.775
"I'm happy, even though we didn't achieve our goal of getting onto the front row, because we have improved ahead of tomorrow. The pace that we have is good. It's a pity that we didn't find a perfect lap in qualifying, but we are confident for tomorrow and ready to fight for the win. Our pace is similar to that of Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo and this is important. We also shouldn't overlook Dovizioso, who also has a very good pace on race tyres.”

qualifying results

  Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Round 15
1Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'44.502
2Valentino Rossi46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'44.557
3Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'44.755
4Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'44.775
5Jorge Lorenzo99ESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'44.784
6Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'44.854
7Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'44.867
8Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'44.898
9Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'45.005
10Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'45.044
11Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'45.315
12Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'45.677
13Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'45.971
14Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'46.465
15Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'46.499
16Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'46.796
17Katsuyuki Nakasuga21JPNYAMALUBE Racing Team with YSPYAMAHA1'46.876
18Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'46.915
19Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'46.948
20Alex De Angelis15RSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'47.092
21Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'47.757
22Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'48.144
23Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'48.185
24Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'48.261

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Circuit Information

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Length4.801 m / 2.983 miles
Left corners6
Right corners8
Longest straight762 m / 0.473 miles
120-1 Hiyama
Tochigi Pref. 321-3597
Pole Position1m 44.502s (165.3km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2014)
Race lap1m 45.589s (163.687km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race time42m 31.569s (162.569km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
2012 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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