Motegi 2019 MotoGP Qualifying

As expected FP3 on Saturday morning was held in wet conditions thus the automatic promotions through to Q2 were decided on Friday’s times that had seen Fabio Quartararo top proceedings ahead of Maverick Vinales.

Danilo Petrucci was quickest in the wet Saturday morning session and it was wet again when riders hit the track for FP4 on Saturday afternoon. The track was drying halfway through FP4 though and Jack Miller was the first man to decide that there was enough of a dry line to have a run against the clock on slicks.

MotoGP Motegi FP Miller
Jack Miller

Miller worked his way up to speed for the first few laps before he clocked the quickest time of the session with eight minutes remaining.  Now though almost the entire field was out feeling their way around on slicks and building up speed. It was not long before Miller’s time was beaten by half the field as the track dried further while Jack was in the pits. Marc Marquez ended up topping the FP4 session from Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo. 

Q1 got underway immediately after FP4 on the still drying track. LCR Honda duo Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow were the early pace-setters. Pol Espargaro and Alex Rins seemed to be the prime threats to spoil the dual LCR promotion to Q2.  Nakagami was strong throughout the session, despite his shoulder injury, but was frustratingly pipped at the post by Alex Rins, the Suzuki man securing the final promotion spot through to Q1 while Crutchlow topped the session. 

MotoGP Motegi FP Marquez
Marc Marquez

The track was drier again when Q2 got underway but it was clear no lap records were about to be set. Still, it was remarkable just how fast the riders were lapping despite the track being far from perfect and actually still a little bit damp in some places. It took only a couple of laps for Marc Marquez to get within a second of his best dry time on Friday. Absoloutely ridiculous. 

The track dried further as the session progressed which allowed his pursuers to get closer and closer with each lap but Marquez responded by lowering the benchmark further to 1m45.763s. 

In the dying seconds Franco Morbidelli got closest to Marquez but it was the World Champion that took pole position, the last track on the calendar he was yet to score a pole position at but now job done. 

MotoGP Motegi FP Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo rounds out the front row ahead of Maverick Vinales who made it three Yamahas in the top four. 

MotoGP Motegi FP Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Cal Crutchlow put in a great late charge and almost looked as though he might take pole late in the session before a stumble through the final sector proved costly and the Brit had to settle for fifth.

Jack Miller was the fastest Ducati and rounds out the second row ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.

MotoGP Motegi FP Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Aleix Espargaro put the Aprilia inside a top ten that was rounded out by Valentino Rossi ahead of the Suzuki pairing of Alex Rins and Joan Mir. 

MotoGP Motegi FP Mir
Joan Mir

Earlier in the afternoon Luca Marini had taken Moto2 pole position in wet conditions ahead of Augusto Fernandez and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Australian Remy Gardner will start from the fourth row after qualifying tenth. 

Moto3 qualifying also took part in wet conditions and Italian Niccolo Antonelli set the pace to take pole position ahead of Alonso Lopez while Tatsuki Suzuki round out the front row on home tarmac.

The forecast for Sunday are for better conditions with a strong chance of a fine day. 

MotoGP Motegi FP Marquez Shoei
Marc Marquez

Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Motorcycle Q Time/Gap
1 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA Q2 1m45.763
2 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA Q2 +0.132
4 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA Q2 +0.327
6 Jack MILLER DUCATI Q2 +0.574
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI Q2 +0.647
8 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI Q2 +0.664
10 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA Q2 +0.795
11 Alex RINS SUZUKI Q2 +0.837
12 Joan MIR SUZUKI Q2 0.853
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA Q1 +0.303
14 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI Q1 +0.899
15 Pol ESPARGARO KTM Q1 +0.959
16 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM Q1 +1.199
17 Mika KALLIO KTM Q1 +1.284
18 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI Q1 +1.426
19 Jorge LORENZO HONDA Q1 +1.797
20 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM Q1 +1.827
21 Sylvain GUINTOLI SUZUKI Q1 +2.491
22 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA Q1 +2.548
23 Tito RABAT DUCATI FP2 *2.394

Moto2/Moto3 Qualification

Pos Bike Rider Q Time/Gap
1 Luca MARINI KALEX Q2 2m00.985
2 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX Q2 +1.148
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI KALEX Q2 +1.227
4 Alex MARQUEZ KALEX Q2 +1.321
5 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP Q2 +1.426
6 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX Q2 +1.450
7 Thomas LUTHI KALEX Q2 +1.498
8 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM Q2 +1.573
9 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX Q2 +1.613
10 Remy GARDNER KALEX Q2 +1.702
11 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA Q2 +1.729
12 Enea BASTIANINI KALEX Q2 +1.997
13 Iker LECUONA KTM Q2 +2.088
14 Jorge MARTIN KTM Q2 +2.092
15 Sam LOWES KALEX Q2 +2.494
16 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX Q2 +2.532
17 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX Q2 +2.692
18 Brad BINDER KTM Q2 +4.978
19 Andrea LOCATELLI KALEX Q1 +1.000
20 Xavi VIERGE KALEX Q1 +1.087
22 Jesko RAFFIN NTS Q1 +1.531
23 Mattia PASINI KALEX Q1 +1.921
24 Joe ROBERTS KTM Q1 +2.344
25 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA KALEX Q1 +2.510
26 Lukas TULOVIC KTM Q1  +2.718
28 Dominique AEGERTER MV AGUSTA Q1 +3.223
29 Philipp OETTL KTM Q1 +3.593
30 Xavi CARDELUS KTM Q1  +4.151
31 Adam NORRODIN KALEX Q1  +4.481
32 Jake DIXON KTM FP2 *1.169
Pos Rider Motorcycle Q Time/Gap
1 Niccolò ANTONELLI HONDA Q2 2m09.293
2 Alonso LOPEZ HONDA Q2 +0.086
3 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA Q2 +0.333
4 Makar YURCHENKO KTM Q2 +0.401
5 Sergio GARCIA HONDA Q2 +0.407
6 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA   ITA HONDA Q2 +0.811
7 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM Q2 +0.863
8 Aron CANET KTM Q2 +0.866
9 Celestino VIETTI KTM Q2 +1.057
10 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA Q2 +1.084
11 John MCPHEE HONDA Q2 +1.104
12 Marcos RAMIREZ HONDA Q2 +1.190
13 Albert ARENAS KTM Q2 +1.438
14 Darryn BINDER KTM Q2 +1.445
15 Andrea MIGNO KTM Q2 +1.527
16 Kaito TOBA HONDA Q2 +1.688
17 Ayumu SASAKI HONDA Q2 +2.102
18 Ai OGURA HONDA FP2 +0.485
19 Jaume MASIA KTM Q1  +0.700
20 Ryusei YAMANAKA HONDA Q1 +1.576
21 Stefano NEPA KTM Q1 +1.661
22 Romano FENATI HONDA Q1 +1.670
23 Can ONCU KTM Q1 +1.867
24 Kazuki MASAKI KTM Q1 +2.100
25 Riccardo ROSSI HONDA Q1 +2.114
26 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM Q1 +2.219
27 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA Q1 +2.713
28 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM Q1 +3.198
29 Dennis FOGGIA KTM Q1 +3.483
30 Filip SALAC KTM FP2 *1.521

Motegi MotoGP Time Schedule AEDT

Time Class Session
1040 Moto3 WUP
1110 Moto2 WUP
1140 MotoGP WUP
1400 Moto3 Race
1520 Moto2 Race
1700 MotoGP Rac
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