Andrea Dovizioso finally delivered on the recent promise shown by the Ducati MotoGP squad to take pole position for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. The Italian enjoyed a strong showing on Friday before seeing off the double challenge from Honda and Yamaha on their home turf, with championship leader Marc Marquez proving outclassed.
Dani Pedrosa looked like being Dovizioso’s closest challenger but crashed in the dying moments of qualifying – thankfully escaping unharmed – while Valentino Rossi’s own charge for pole came up just short, but still netted him 2nd on the grid.
The pole position was Dovizoso’s first since the same race four years ago, while it was also Ducati’s first since 2010 as they seek to reverse the trend of the past three years which have proved hugely disappointing.
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