2014 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 15, Motegi, Japan

MotoGP Championship standings for round 15, 2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 15, Motegi, Japan

Championship standings for round 15, 2014

2014 Motegi Moto2 Race Result: A Turn-Up For The Books

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2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 15, Motegi, Japan

Championship standings for round 15, 2014

2014 Motegi Moto2 WUP Result: Pole-Man Rabat On Top

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2014 Motegi Moto3 WUP Result: Vazquez Springs A Surprise

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2014 Motegi Saturday Round Up: Will Dovizioso's Pole See Ducati's Tire Advantage Removed?

Ever since he left Ducati at the end of 2010, Casey Stoner has cast a long shadow over the Italian factory. He was the ever-present specter, sitting like Banquo's ghost astride the Desmosedici that any other rider dared swing a leg over. There was a contingent of fans and journalists who, after every poor result by the riders who succeeded Stoner, would point to the Australian's results and say "but Casey won on the Ducati."

What impressed me most about Valentino Rossi's time at Ducati was the calmness and dignity with which he responded to the same question being asked of him, week in, week out. "Valentino," yet another journalist would ask each race, "Casey Stoner won on this bike. Why can't you?" Not once did he lose his temper, ignore the question, or blank the person who asked it. Every week, he would give the same reply: "Casey rode the Ducati in a very special way. I can't ride that way." More than anything, the dignity with which he answered every week were a sign of his humanity, and an exceptional human being. If it takes guts to attempt the switch, it takes even greater courage for someone repeatedly tagged as the greatest of all time to admit failure.

None were immune. Stoner's former teammate Nicky Hayden would be asked why he could not match the pace of the Australian. Andrea Dovizioso had the fortune to come after Rossi, but even he was subjected to comparison with Stoner. Cal Crutchlow was the same, a situation made worse by the fact that he said before he arrived at Ducati that he believed he would be able to ride the Ducati like Stoner. Since arriving at Ducati, he has admitted that he could not.

On Saturday, Andrea Dovizioso may have taken the first step on the path to expelling Stoner's specter from the Ducati garage. The Italian became the first rider to take pole on the Desmosedici since Casey Stoner did so at Valencia in 2010. In fact, he became the first rider other than Casey Stoner to secure pole position on a Ducati since Loris Capirossi in 2006. For Ducati, having Andrea Dovizioso on pole is a very, very big deal. Perhaps even bigger than the factory themselves realize.

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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