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Marc Marquez earned an important front-row start during today’s qualifying session, setting the second-fastest lap time, just less than two tenths from pole position.
Marc had displayed a very consistent pace in FP3 and FP4, putting in several laps in the low-to-medium 1’45 range, and he set the quickest time at the end of his first run in qualifying. When he went out for the final phase of the session, he had to abort both of his last flying laps, the first due to a small mistake in turn 11 and the second in turn three when the yellow flags were displayed for a crash by Cal Crutchlow.
Hiroshi Aoyama’s first day of practice had a promising start in FP3, but a crash in turn seven during FP4 affected his confidence a bit. In qualifying he had to settle for the 22nd best time.
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“Getting pole would’ve been the best thing for a Saturday, but I’m happy with second place because this circuit is one at which I had expected to struggle a bit more. As it turns out, we’re doing pretty well and have ridden at a good pace throughout the weekend. This afternoon the first run went well enough, but when I took my second bike out I made a small mistake at turn 11 during the first flying lap. I had a last possibility to try to improve but I saw the yellow flag where Crutchlow had just crashed and I slowed down.
“The crash in the morning wasn’t the best thing to happen when I was trying to find a good feeling. I tried to go faster and in FP3 I didn’t start badly at all, but in FP4 I had a small crash. I lost a bit of confidence and wasn’t able to give my maximum in the qualifying session. Tomorrow I hope to have more confidence and a better feeling, especially with the front end. The goal is to finish the race and try to get into the points.”
MotoGP 2016 Saturday, October 15th 2016
Qualifying Round 15 Grand Prix of Japan
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha #motogp Yamaha 1'43.954
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.134
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha #motogp Yamaha 1'44.221
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.294
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'44.402
6 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.494
7 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.539
8 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.980
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.232
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac #racing Ducati 1'45.782
11 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac #racing Ducati 1'45.827
12 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia #racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'45.614
13 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia #racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'45.823 (Q2)
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'46.347 (Q2)
15 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'46.593 (Q2)
16 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamaha Factory #racing Team Yamaha 1'46.627 (Q2)
17 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar #motogp Team Ducati 1'46.705 (Q2)
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'46.753 (Q2)
19 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar #motogp Team Ducati 1'47.060 (Q2)
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia #racing Ducati 1'47.501 (Q2)
21 JONES Mike 7 AUS Avintia #racing Ducati 1'47.631 (Q2)
22 AOYAMA Hiroshi 73 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.788 (Q2)
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