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October 11th, 2014

2014 Motegi MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after a thrilling qualifying session on Saturday at Motegi:

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

2014 Motegi Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Motegi:

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

2014 Motegi Moto2 QP Result: Last Gasp Effort

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2014 Motegi MotoGP QP Result: Long Time Between Drinks

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2014 Motegi MotoGP FP4 Result: Lorenzo Shows Strong Race Pace

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the final free practice session for the MotoGP class at Motegi, the Yamaha rider showed supreme consistency to end proceedings less than a tenth of a second clear of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa also demonstrated excellent and consistent race pace after struggling somewhat in the sessions prior. Fellow factory Honda rider Marc Marquez rounded out the top three, also less than a tenth behind pace-setter Lorenzo, however he continued to show signs of instability under braking, running wide off the circuit on a number of occasions. 

The Ducati pairing of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso claimed fourth and fifth spots respectively ahead of Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi. Rossi was only three tenths shy of his team mate Lorenzo; signifying the potential for a very close race on Sunday. Cal Crutchlow ended up a further three tenths behind Rossi in eighth but lapped strongly throughout, the Briton managed to edge out the Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith. 

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2014 Motegi Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Relentless In Tight Session

Tito Rabat has topped the timesheets following Moto2 FP3 at Motegi, the Spaniard was in imperious form reeling off a number of quick laps and demonstrating intimidating race pace. He will however be in for a stern challenge as he finished the session ahead of both Tom Luthi and Johann Zarco by less than a tenth of a second. Maverick Vinales also showed consistent race pace and took fourth spot a tenth further back while Mika Kallio could only manage fifth place and has some work to do match Rabat's consistency.

There was an almost half second gap from Kallio to Julian Simon in sixth who was the best of the second bunch of riders, Simon is also rumored to have signed a contract with QMMF racing for 2015 after losing his seat at Italtrans racing to Kallio. Simon edged out Jonas Folger and Franco Morbidelli while Sandro Cortese and Jordi Torres rounded out the top ten. In further silly season gossip it is believed that Torres is bound for the World Superbike Championship next season with the withdrawal of he Aspar Moto2 team and after failing to replicate his race winning form of 2013.

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2014 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Imperturbable Marquez Sets Circuit Record

Championship leader Marc Marquez has topped a frantic MotoGP FP3 session as riders clambered for a direct route to this afternoons Q2 in a chaotic final few minutes. Marquez encountered technical problems in the opening stages of the session which were later identified as a new engine acting 'strangely'. In familiar style he didn't let the disruption effect him, he jumped on his second bike and went on to set the fastest ever MotoGP lap at the Motegi circuit, almost exactly one second quicker than his best Friday time. Andrea Dovizioso's quick lap from Friday was enough for him to take second place in combined times for Q1 qualification, while compatriot Valentino Rossi finished second in the session and completed the top three in combined times.

2014 Motegi Moto3 FP3 Result: Miller Takes Control In Morning Running

Under glorious morning sunshine Jack Miller has responded to a disappointing Friday performance to top the opening Moto3 practice session at Motegi. The Australian's time of 1:57.072 was over a second quicker than Danny Kent's standing lap record and three tenths quicker than the Briton's benchmark time from yesterday. Kent continued his strong showing however to finish the session less than a tenth behind Miller in second as Isaac Vinales took third position a further tenth behind.

Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira also continued his positive weekend form to take fourth spot ahead of Championship contender Alex Rins and fellow Mahindra rider Brad Binder. Zulfahmi Khairuddin made a welcome return to the top ten ahead of Spaniard Efren Vazquez while Jakub Kornfeil and Juanfran Guevara claimed ninth and tenth places respectively. It was an incident packed session and Championship leader Alex Marquez suffered a nasty high side early on, he never quite regained his confidence and had to settle for 17th place. He will look to regroup ahead of qualifying later today. 

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October 10th

2014 Motegi Friday Round Up: Hard Braking Hondas, Rabat's Imperious Pace, And The Moto3 Manufacturer Mix

Will Motegi turn into another Marc Marquez show? Not on the evidence of the first day of practice. Marquez made the highlight reel alright, but for all the wrong reasons. A crash in the first session of free practice shook his confidence a little, and convinced him to take a more cautious approach during the afternoon.

The crash was typical of Motegi. A headshake coming out of Turn 4 put the front brake disks into a wobble, banging the pads back into the calipers. With the 340mm disks being compulsory at Motegi, there was enough mass there to push the pads and pistons a long way back into the calipers indeed. Marquez arrived at Turn 5 to find he had no front brake, and started pumping his front brake lever frantically. By the time the front brake started to bite, it was too late to do much good. With the wall approaching fast, Marquez decided to abandon ship, jumping off the bike in the gravel trap.

Arriving at a corner at 260 km/h to find he had no brakes had been "a bit frightening," Marquez said. In the afternoon, he had left himself a little bit more margin for error, but that meant he had not matched the pace of the fast guys: Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, the surprising Stefan Bradl, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi. If Marquez is to wrap up the title at Motegi, he needs to beat Pedrosa and Rossi, but he is not looking likely to do that at the moment. He complained of not having found the right set up yet, something which has not happened often this year, but has resulted in him being beaten when he has. But it is still only Friday, and his rivals, at least, are refusing to write him off just yet. "He will be competitive tomorrow," Lorenzo said of Marquez.

2014 Motegi MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Motegi:

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

2014 Motegi Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Motegi:

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

MotoGP Safety Commission Push To Remove Artificial Grass, Examine Flag-To-Flag Races

The events of the previous MotoGP race at Aragon look set to have a major impact on tracks around the world in the near future. The crashes by Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone, both of whom lost control of their bikes when they hit the still wet astroturf which lines the outside of the outer kerbs, caused the subject to be raised in the MotoGP Safety Commission at Motegi. There, the Safety Commission decided to ask the circuits hosting MotoGP races to remove all of the astroturf from the run off areas around the track. Dorna Managing Director Javier Alonso told the MotoGP.com website that they would start talks with circuits to get them to remove the astroturf as soon as possible, starting with the most dangerous parts of the tracks.

The decision is a complete reversal of the earlier policy devised by the Safety Commission, the closed and private forum in which MotoGP riders can discuss safety issues and other concerns with the FIM and Dorna. As a result of a previous request, tracks had started putting in astroturf on the run off areas. That was in response to changes made primarily for car racing, where gravel traps on the outside of corners have been replaced with hard standing, such as asphalted areas. The astroturf was put in place to prevent riders using the run off as extra race track, allowing them to take corners faster.

Now Officially Confirmed At Last: Marc VDS To Race In MotoGP With Scott Redding From 2015

The difference between a handshake an an officially signed contract is just under four weeks, it seems. Late on Sunday night after the race at Misano, the Marc VDS Racing team put a message on Twitter announcing they would be moving up to MotoGP for the next two years, racing a factory-backed Honda RC213V with Scott Redding aboard. Honda, however, was far from pleased with the team's adoption of 21st Century technology to communicate with fans and media, and the Tweet was quickly taken down. Though agreement had been reached at Misano on all of the details - a three-year deal to lease a factory-spec Honda RC213V, and putting Scott Redding on the bike for the 2015 and 2016 seasons - HRC deemed that the deal was not yet ready to be announced. Though the contract was public knowledge, the team went silent on the deal.

2014 Motegi Moto2 FP2 Result: Rabat Dominates First Day Of Practice

Tito Rabat put on a fearsome display of fast riding on Friday afternoon at Motegi, completely dominating the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class. Rabat topped the timesheets almost from the off, ending FP2 with an advantage of a third of a second, and close to the outright lap record at the circuit. Johann Zarco eventually took 2nd spot, closing the gap with a very fast lap at the end of practice, and nudging Maverick Viñales back into 3rd spot. Domi Aegerter took 4th, while Julian Simon had a strong outing to end FP2 in 5gh, just ahead of Tom Luthi and Mika Kallio. Kallio has some pace to find if he is to cut the points advantage of his Marc VDS Racing teammate Rabat.

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