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.
CLASSIFICATION – QUALIFYING – JAPANESE MOTOGP