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

PosRiderMotorcycleQTime/Gap
1Marc MARQUEZHONDAQ21m45.763
2Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHAQ2+0.132
3Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHAQ2+0.181
4Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHAQ2+0.327
5Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDAQ2+0.426
6Jack MILLERDUCATIQ2+0.574
7Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATIQ2+0.647
8Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATIQ2+0.664
9Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIAQ2+0.795
10Valentino ROSSIYAMAHAQ2+0.795
11Alex RINSSUZUKIQ2+0.837
12Joan MIRSUZUKIQ20.853
13Takaaki NAKAGAMIHONDAQ1+0.303
14Francesco BAGNAIADUCATIQ1+0.899
15Pol ESPARGAROKTMQ1+0.959
16Miguel OLIVEIRAKTMQ1+1.199
17Mika KALLIOKTMQ1+1.284
18Karel ABRAHAMDUCATIQ1+1.426
19Jorge LORENZOHONDAQ1+1.797
20Hafizh SYAHRINKTMQ1+1.827
21Sylvain GUINTOLISUZUKIQ1+2.491
22Andrea IANNONEAPRILIAQ1+2.548
23Tito RABATDUCATIFP2*2.394

Moto2/Moto3 Qualification

PosBikeRiderQTime/Gap
1Luca MARINIKALEXQ22m00.985
2Augusto FERNANDEZKALEXQ2+1.148
3Lorenzo BALDASSARRIKALEXQ2+1.227
4Alex MARQUEZKALEXQ2+1.321
5Jorge NAVARROSPEED UPQ2+1.426
6Somkiat CHANTRAKALEXQ2+1.450
7Thomas LUTHIKALEXQ2+1.498
8Marco BEZZECCHIKTMQ2+1.573
9Marcel SCHROTTERKALEXQ2+1.613
10Remy GARDNERKALEXQ2+1.702
11Stefano MANZIMV AGUSTAQ2+1.729
12Enea BASTIANINIKALEXQ2+1.997
13Iker LECUONAKTMQ2+2.088
14Jorge MARTINKTMQ2+2.092
15Sam LOWESKALEXQ2+2.494
16Tetsuta NAGASHIMAKALEXQ2+2.532
17Nicolo BULEGAKALEXQ2+2.692
18Brad BINDERKTMQ2+4.978
19Andrea LOCATELLIKALEXQ1+1.000
20Xavi VIERGEKALEXQ1+1.087
21Fabio DI GIANNANTONISPEED UPQ1+1.217
22Jesko RAFFINNTSQ1+1.531
23Mattia PASINIKALEXQ1+1.921
24Joe ROBERTSKTMQ1+2.344
25Dimas EKKY PRATAMAKALEXQ1+2.510
26Lukas TULOVICKTMQ1 +2.718
27Bo BENDSNEYDERNTSQ1+2.828
28Dominique AEGERTERMV AGUSTAQ1+3.223
29Philipp OETTLKTMQ1+3.593
30Xavi CARDELUSKTMQ1 +4.151
31Adam NORRODINKALEXQ1 +4.481
32Jake DIXONKTMFP2*1.169
PosRiderMotorcycleQTime/Gap
1Niccolò ANTONELLIHONDAQ22m09.293
2Alonso LOPEZHONDAQ2+0.086
3Tatsuki SUZUKIHONDAQ2+0.333
4Makar YURCHENKOKTMQ2+0.401
5Sergio GARCIAHONDAQ2+0.407
6Lorenzo DALLA PORTA   ITAHONDAQ2+0.811
7Jakub KORNFEILKTMQ2+0.863
8Aron CANETKTMQ2+0.866
9Celestino VIETTIKTMQ2+1.057
10Gabriel RODRIGOHONDAQ2+1.084
11John MCPHEEHONDAQ2+1.104
12Marcos RAMIREZHONDAQ2+1.190
13Albert ARENASKTMQ2+1.438
14Darryn BINDERKTMQ2+1.445
15Andrea MIGNOKTMQ2+1.527
16Kaito TOBAHONDAQ2+1.688
17Ayumu SASAKIHONDAQ2+2.102
18Ai OGURAHONDAFP2+0.485
19Jaume MASIAKTMQ1 +0.700
20Ryusei YAMANAKAHONDAQ1+1.576
21Stefano NEPAKTMQ1+1.661
22Romano FENATIHONDAQ1+1.670
23Can ONCUKTMQ1+1.867
24Kazuki MASAKIKTMQ1+2.100
25Riccardo ROSSIHONDAQ1+2.114
26Raul FERNANDEZKTMQ1+2.219
27Tony ARBOLINOHONDAQ1+2.713
28Tom BOOTH-AMOSKTMQ1+3.198
29Dennis FOGGIAKTMQ1+3.483
30Filip SALACKTMFP2*1.521

Motegi MotoGP Time Schedule AEDT

TimeClassSession
1040Moto3WUP
1110Moto2WUP
1140MotoGPWUP
1400Moto3Race
1520Moto2Race
1700MotoGPRac
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