MotoGP at Motegi – First pole for Ducati and Dovizioso since 2010
Andrea Dovizioso continues to rise with Ducati and won his second pole position in MotoGP ™ since that of 2010, it had also obtained at Twin Ring Motegi.
Taking advantage of the benefit conferred by extra-soft tire, the Italian turned 1’44.502, nearly half a second faster than the previous record of the Japanese circuit. Ducati will be at the top of the grid for the first time since Casey Stoner on pole at the Valencia GP in 2010.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha MotoGP Movistar) confirmed that his fractured index of the right hand does not handicap this weekend in Japan by qualifying in second position to his compatriot 0.055s.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) will complete the front row after falling on his final lap while teammate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) will head the second row.
The reigning World Champion, who has his first match for the title MotoGP ™ 2014, finished at no Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo as (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who won in Motegi last year, which will leave fifth, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing).
Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) will for their third line after beat Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha Monster) and Aleix Espargaró (NGM Forward Racing) and Álvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini), who were both gone through Q1.
If it has not yet fully recovered from his wrist injury, Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) has still managed to be the first driver on RCV1000R in qualifying at the fourteenth position, while teammate Hiroshi Aoyama finished eighteenth, behind the wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamalube Racing Team with YSP).
Mike di Meglio (Avintia Racing) qualified in twenty-third.