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Mercedes: We could stand on the podium today

Mercedes: We could stand on the podium today

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Toto Wolff is confident that his car could have fought for the podium in the Suzuka race if they had not had problems with the hard tires in the first part of the race. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton put white rimmed hard tires on their car during the stoppage due to the accident of Alex Albon and Daniel Ricciardo, although they started the race on medium hards. Mercedes hoped to change tactics to finish the race with just one stop, but when the race resumed, Russell and Hamilton were too slow, so they changed strategy again and made another tire change. Russell overtook Oscar Piastri on medium hard tires in the closing laps of the race and finished seventh, while Hamilton failed to finish higher than ninth. "We have finished this difficult race
Double win for Red Bull in Suzuka

Double win for Red Bull in Suzuka

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Max Verstappen forgot about the disappointment of the previous race in Australia, where he had to retire due to a technical failure, with the victory in Suzuka. The team success of the Red Bull Racing team was completed by Mexican Sergio Perez, who also started the race from the front row. Carlos Sainz, in a racing mood, also finished the race on the podium. Charles Leclerc was fourth, and Lando Norris finished the race in the top five. Fernando Alonso made his way to the points with sixth place, while George Russell, Oscar Piastri, Lewis Hamilton and the home racer Yuki Tsunoda also finished the race in the top ten.
Hamilton: Mercedes' best in Suzuka in the last three seasons

Hamilton: Mercedes' best in Suzuka in the last three seasons

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After qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton estimated that the Mercedes W15 race car is driving better on the "test" track in Suzuka than in the previous two seasons. Although the Briton won the seventh starting position, his time was more than half a second worse than the lap time with which Max Verstappen won the best starting position, but he says that in free practice he got a clear indication of which way Mercedes should develop a racing car that they managed to improve with only a few minor changes. "In this last week, we understood well how we can prepare the car better and this weekend it is much better to drive. On this track, where you need good balance, it has not been so good in the last three years. Last year we were more than a second behind, but today only seven tenths of this k
Oliveira ended the race early due to poor visibility

Oliveira ended the race early due to poor visibility

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Portuguese Miguel Oliveira explained that he ended the MotoGP race in Motegi early due to poor visibility and thus gave up sixth place. The RNF Aprilia rider started the race from 16th place and after a bike change he even found himself in fourth place, before he started to lose places and pitted at the end of the 12th lap. The race was red-flagged a lap later due to worsening conditions, and Oliveira was officially placed in eighteenth place. "Actually I was doing quite well. I felt I was competitive and when it started to rain even harder I thought I was even better. The bike was also behaving well but I had visibility problems with three laps to go. Nothing I didn't see. I couldn't see where I was driving. There was so much water. I made sure I couldn't get away
Miller: We weren't meant to be

Miller: We weren't meant to be

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Jack Miller was planning to jump to higher places in the MotoGP race at Motegi, but due to the cancellation of the race he did not get the chance and had to settle for sixth place. The Australian finished the Saturday sprint race in fourth place, but was left with no chance to climb higher in the Sunday race. "Not the best day, not the worst," he said after the race. "The tires took a while to warm up in the first stint so I was able to save a bit for later and gain when the rain picked up. We made some changes to the bike for the restart but in the end it wasn't meant to be Sixth place is ours, but I wanted to reach a little higher."
Martin had a hard time staying calm in the difficult conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix

Martin had a hard time staying calm in the difficult conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix

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Jorge Martin, after winning the Japanese Grand Prix, which reduced the gap to the leader Francesco Bagnaia to just three points, admitted that it was difficult to stay calm in the ever-worsening conditions on the track. The race at Motegi started on a slightly wet track, but when it started to rain, Martin lost the lead to Aleix Espargaro and then made another mistake that cost him a few places. The Spaniard later rallied and took the lead again by the eighth lap, and in the end celebrated the victory. "It was very difficult in the first lap, because we were on dry track tires," he explained. "I was in first place and the leader in a race like this is usually the first to fall. We changed the engine at the right moment and I was the first among the racers on rain tires. I almost fell in the third, sixth and then the seventh corner, but I made up from
Marquez: The race was stopped when I was fastest

Marquez: The race was stopped when I was fastest

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Marc Marquez was hoping for more than a podium from the Motegi race as rain drenched the track and narrowed the gap between the bikes. But the Spaniard had to settle for third place, or the first podium after the Austrian Grand Prix last year, when the race was stopped in the thirteenth round due to deteriorating track conditions. At the beginning of the race, when the track was only wet and the racers were driving on dry track tires, the Spaniard lost a few places, but after heavier rain and a change of motorcycles, the Honda racer quickly passed Marco Bezzecchi and set out to hunt down the leading duo Martin - Bagnaia. He completely caught up with the latter when the race was stopped. "The suspension of the race came at the right moment," he said. "It's true that it was interrupted when I was fastest, but things have to stay fair
Jorge Martin wins the suspended Japanese GP and threatens Francesco Bagnaio in the MotoGP championship!

Jorge Martin wins the suspended Japanese GP and threatens Francesco Bagnaio in the MotoGP championship!

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Jorge Martin capped a perfect weekend of racing in Motegi with victory in the rain-shortened MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, threatening Francesco Bagnaio in the championship standings. The race was stopped with 12 laps to go due to heavy rain, but was not resumed due to worsening conditions. As the riders completed more than half of the race, full points were awarded, which means that Bagnaia's second place ensured that he remains at the top of the MotoGP championship points, but the difference is now only three points. Honda racer Marc Marquez finished the race on the podium https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1708376073031782635
MotoGP warm-up: Miller ahead of Marquez

MotoGP warm-up: Miller ahead of Marquez

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Jack Miller was fastest in the morning warm-ups ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, which started on a wet track. In his own style, the Australian was one of the first to put dry track tires on the bike and remained fastest throughout the warm-up. The closest to his time was Marc Marquez, who was half a second behind the KTM rider. The third time set Fabio Quartarara ahead of Augusto Fernandez and Raul Fernandez. Jorge Martin, who will start the race from the first place, was sixth, the championship points leader, and Francesco Bagnaia was seventh. Cal Crutchlow, Joan Mir and Pol Espargaro finished the warm-ups in the first ten times.
Martin with a new lap record to pole position in Motegi

Martin with a new lap record to pole position in Motegi

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Jorge Martin set a new lap record in Motegi on his way to the best starting position. The time of 1:43.198 is almost three tenths of a second better than the record set by Jorge Lorenzo in 2015. Francesco Bagnaia came the closest to Martin, but Australian Jack Miller found a slightly better form this weekend, who will start the race from third place. Marco Bezzecchi was fourth ahead of Brad Binder, and Fabio Di Giannantonio surprisingly moved into the second starting row with the sixth time. Marc Marquez, who started qualifying in the first part after a deleted lap and crash on Friday, won the seventh starting place by six tenths of a second. The eight-time world champion will be joined by Aprilia racers Maverick Vinales and Aleix Esparga on the third starting row