Lorenzo weathers the storm – Japanese MotoGP Qualifying

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in an unconventional qualifying session for this weekend’s potential title-deciding MotoGP race in Motegi, Japan.

The Twin Ring circuit was in lockdown yesterday after typhoon-strength wind and rain lashed the circuit, preventing the organisers from running free practice.

Today, the riders took to the circuit for a 75-minute practice/qualifying session, but wet track conditions ensured it would be no easy task to make up for lost time. In the end though, experience made it count and Lorenzo posted fastest time to beat championship leader and key rival Marc Marquez by 0.7 seconds. The real surprise was the performance of Ducati duo Hayden and Dovizioso, with the American taking his first front-row start in over two years.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow had a disappointing session, finishing 11th while team-mate Bradley Smith was 13th. PBM rider Michael Laverty was 19th.


1 Lorenzo Yamaha 1:53:471
2 Marquez Honda 1:54:129
3 Hayden Ducati 1:54:539
4 Pedrosa Honda 1:54:542
5 Rossi Yamaha 1:54:732
6 Dovizioso Ducati 1:55:036
7 Bautista Honda 1:55:135
8 Bradl Honda 1:55:610
9 Espargaro ART 1:55:719
10 Hernandez Ducati 1:55:998
11 Crutchlow Yamaha 1:56:058
12 Nakasuga Yamaha 1:56:125
13 Smith Yamaha 1:57:114
14 Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1:57:297
15 Iannone Ducati 1:57:347
16 Petrucci Ioda-Suter 1:57:540
17 De Puniet ART 1:57:715
18 Aoyama FTR 1:57:994
19 Laverty ART 1:58:540
20 Scassa ART 1:58:802
21 Corti FTR Kawasaki 1:59:617
22 Barbera FTR 1:59:646
23 Cudlin PBM 2:00:982
24 Staring FTR Honda 2:02:712
25 Pesek Ioda-Suter 2:02:932

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