The times for the Japanese Grand Prix arrive this afternoon because tomorrow morning, from early in the morning, hostilities will have already started. In the last Aragon GP, Enea Bastianini got his fourth victory in MotoGP, after Qatar, America and France at the beginning of the season. He thus became the fifth Ducati rider to win more than three times in the category, three fewer than Loris Capirossi.
the victory of Bastianini it is the fifth for a pilot Ducati of an independent team in MotoGP, joining this year’s and the George Martin last year in Styria. With the victory of Bastianini and 14th place cal crutchlowthe best driver yamaha At the arrived, Ducati wins the MotoGP Constructors’ World Championship for the fourth time in the premier class (and third time in a row).
francesco bagnaia He finished second in the Aragón GP, his 17th podium in MotoGP, all with Ducati, two fewer than his teammate jack millerwho ranks fourth on the list of pilots Ducati with more podiums in the queen category. Casey Stoner leads the dance with 42 podiums with the Bologna plant.
With five podium finishes in five successive races, bagnaia He is the second rider on the current MotoGP grid to achieve this feat with Mark Marquez Y Dovizioso. With Bastianini Y bagnaiathis is the 21st consecutive MotoGP race with at least one rider Ducati on the podium, extending the record of the Bologna factory in this category. Furthermore, the pilots Ducati they have scored 24 podium finishes since the first race of the year in Qatar, equaling the Bologna factory record in the category set last year.
Aleix Espargaro He finished third at the Aragon GP for his eighth MotoGP podium finish, his sixth since the start of the season and his first since the Italian GP, where he was also third. He is the only rider to score points in all 15 MotoGP races of the season.
brad folder finished fourth at MotorLand Aragón, which is the best result for a KTM since winning Miguel Oliveira at the Indonesian GP earlier this year. alex rin finished ninth best suzuki and rider on a Japanese motorcycle, which is the first time there hasn’t been a motorcycle from a Japanese manufacturer in the top eight. It is the first time since Opatija in 1969 that no motorcycle from a Japanese manufacturer has managed to finish in the top 8 in a premier class race.
The leader of the Championship, fabio quartararocrashed in Aragón and now leads the MotoGP World Championship with only 10 points ahead of bagnaia. After the German GP, bagnaia he was 91 points behind Quartararo.
At the Aragon GP, Marco Bezzecchi he finished tenth and the only one of the five MotoGP rookies this year in points. He continues to lead the fight for the Rookie of the Year title with a 74-point advantage. Di Giannantonio (23 points), darryn folder (10), Remy Gardner (9) and Raul Fernandez (8).
With Bastianini (P1), bagnaia (P2), Miller (P5), Martin (P6), Luca Marina (P7), Zarco (P8) and Bezzecchi (P10), this is the first time that there are seven pilots Ducati in the top 10 of a premier class race. in Aragon, Alex Marquez finished in 12th place as the best driver sling. Since the inaugural race in Qatar with Pol Espargaro in third position, without driver sling it has only finished on the podium in 14 consecutive races, extending the longest streak without a podium finish in the premier class since the Japanese manufacturer’s full-time return to the premier class in 1982.
In Japan, Ducati can still take the lion’s share
Only one of the five MotoGP rookies this year has already won in Japan in one of the lower categories: Bezzecchi in 2018 (Moto3). He also finished third in Moto3 in 2017, his first GP podium finish for him.
Since the introduction of the MotoGP category in 2002, sling scored nine wins at Motegi, including wins with Mark Marquez in 2018 and 2019.
Ducati scored five MotoGP victories at Motegi, the last of which with Andrea Dovizioso in 2017 in wet weather. The other two pilots Ducati having won on the Japanese circuit are Loris Capirossi (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Casey Stoner (2010). two pilots Ducati classified on pole position in Japan: Loris Capirossi (2005 and 2006) and Andrea Dovizioso (2014 and 2018).
yamaha he won the MotoGP race at Motegi four times, the last in 2014 with Jorge Lorenzo. The last podium for Yamaha riders at Motegi dates back to 2019, fabio quartararo occupying the second place.
suzuki and Kenny Roberts Jr. won the inaugural Grand Prix of the premier class (500cc) held at Motegi in 1999 and also victory in 2000. Since the introduction of MotoGP in 2002, third place in Maverick Vinales in 2016 and the third place ofalex rin in 2018 they are the only podium finishes for Suzuki at Motegi.
Aprilia’s best MotoGP result at Motegi is a P7 with Alvaro Bautista in 2016 and Aleix Espargaro in 2017. The Best MotoGP result for a KTM in Japan is a P11 with Pol Espargaro in 2017 and 2019.
What will this sixteenth of twenty rounds on the MotoGP calendar bring us in Japan, with a lot at stake since the top three in the general classification are now united by 17 points? To find out, you should not miss anything about the event from its start this Friday. Precisely, here is the program of the first of the three days of fair.
Japanese Motul Grand Prix
Friday September 23:
06:15 – 06:55: Moto3 FP1
07:10 – 07:50: Moto2 FP1
08:05 – 09:20: MotoGP FP1
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