Takaaki Nakagami does not yet know whether he will be able to participate in the home MotoGP race in Motegi, as he injured his hand in the race in Aragon last Sunday. The Japanese collided with Marc Marquez in the first lap, who had previously been involved in a collision with Fabio Quartararo that left part of the Frenchman's Yamaha stuck in his motorcycle. The Spaniard described the collision with Nakagami as an unfortunate set of circumstances, as debris from the original collision caused a problem with the activation of the height adjustment system, which caused Marquez's bike to slow down and veer to the left. Ducati rider Jack Miller laid more of the blame for the crash on Nakagami, while the latter admitted there was nothing Marquez could have done to prevent the engine from spinning which caused contact with his Honda. "March
Marc Marquez will start the race for the Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi from the best starting position, and Petronas SRT Yamaha racer Franco Morbidelli surprisingly placed in the first row, just behind him. Alongside them, Fabio Quartararo will start the race, while Maverick Vinales finished in fourth place. Cal Crutchlow was fifth, ahead of Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizios, and Danilo Petrucci. Aleix Espargaro placed third, setting the same time as Valentino Rossi, but the latter slipped to tenth place because he set the time later than Aleix. This is the first best starting position of the MotoGP class for Marquez on this track and his tenth this season.
If Marc Marquez is known for his incredible pre-fall solutions, his brother Alex in Motegi beat him in that regard. The Moto2 class racer almost fell in the third free practice, but managed to stay on the motorcycle and stop it in a spectacular way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsLUr1bIbuU
Fabio Quartararo set the fastest time of Friday’s practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Motegi racetrack. The Frenchman was three tenths of a second faster than his rivals, and his closest acquaintance from training, Maverick Vinales, came closest to him. Behind the riders on Yamaha motorcycles was the new-old world champion Marc Marquez, who was 15 thousandths of a second slower than Vinales. The Spaniard was the only Honda racer in the top ten, while Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Jorge Lorenzo set the twelfth, fifteenth and seventeenth times. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth with Ducati, but his lag was 0.650 seconds. The Italian admitted that he will need more time on the dry track to fight to win. Fifth was another Italian, Valentino rossi, who is in favor
Max Verstappen was angry with Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc after the disastrous end of the race for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuki, whom he accused of excluding him from the race by irresponsible driving. The Red Bull racer was also angry at the commissioners, who initially decided not to even study the incident, but then changed their minds and re-examined it after the race. Leclerc started the race poorly and allowed Verstappn to try to overtake in the second bend of the race, where the Ferrari racer slipped to the side of the Dutchman's car. Verstappen fell to the rear and had to resign after a few laps as the car was too damaged. “For a change, we started the race well, and then I kept to the outside until Charles drove into me in the second corner,” the Red Bull racer explained. "S
Sebastian Vettel avoided the penalty of ha starting too fast at the GP of Japan, as he drove within the allowed tolerances, the FIA explained. Vettel won the best starting position in the morning qualifiers, but at the start of the race he started too fast for a moment, which was examined by the commissioners. During the race, they reviewed videos from several angles and telemetry from a transponder on the car and found that although the car moved before the traffic lights went out, the shift was within tolerances. A similar thing happened to Valtteri Bottas at the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, who, unlike Vettl, started and continued driving without hesitation. Vettel stopped again for a moment after the first move, which ruined his start and set him up.
Valtteri Bottas is the winner of the race for the Grand Prix of Japan, Sebastian Vettel defended all the attacks of Lewis Hamilton and after a mistake at the start won second place. Hamilton had to settle for third place. A great fourth was Alex Albon with Red Bull, ahead of Carlos Sainz at McLaren. After this race, Bottas remains the only racer who can still prevent Hamilton from winning a new title among racers, which guarantees Mercedes another star among the titles won among racers, while the team has already won this year's title among constructors. They needed 14 points more than Ferrari, and scored 15 more. This equaled the record set of consecutive championship titles set by Ferrari with Michael Schumacher between the 1999 and 2004 seasons. The race for the Japanese Grand Prix started with some
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of the second free practice at Suzuki, perhaps even securing the best starting position for Sunday’s race. Uncertain weather has already led to the cancellation of Saturday's events on the track, so the qualifiers are scheduled to take place on the same day as the race. But in case of bad weather, Sunday's qualifiers will also be canceled, which would mean that the starting line will be determined according to the classification of the racers in the 2nd free practice. The second was Bottas teammate Lewis Hamilton ahead of Max Verstappn. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth.
As early as Thursday, we reported that Saturday’s qualifiers for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuki will most likely be postponed to Sunday, and this has also become official today. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3btN0yH4NV/?igshid=1047hyc87siux Due to bad weather caused by Typhoon Hagibis, the racers will only do Friday's practice, and the third, which took place on Saturday before the qualifiers, will be canceled. Qualifying practice will take place on Sunday at 2 a.m. local time, and the race will follow five hours later, at 7:10 p.m. In case the weather conditions do not allow even Sunday's qualifiers, the starting places will be determined based on the results of the second free practice. The management of the race decided on this move because the teams usually perform simulations of qualifying skills in this training one way or another.
Johann Zarco will surprisingly start the race for the Grand Prix of Japan from the best starting place, while the favorite to win the qualifiers, Marco Marquez, did not get the risk with a dry track tire. Marquez was the fastest in the last free practice, as was the case after the first fast laps on the wet track, when the Spaniard set a time of 1: 53.903 on Honda, which was 1.8 seconds faster than his competitors. But the leader in World Cup scoring chose dry track tires for the second attempt, which turned out to be a mistake when the track didn’t dry out enough. Valentino Rossi also fell into the same trap, being 19 seconds slower on the dry track tires than his competitors, and due to a fall in the fourth free practice, the Yamaha racer could not quickly switch to a motorcycle with rain tires.