Saturday, October 26, 2013

Motogp Round 17

AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Japanese national bird - Green Pheasant

AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan


Circuit info

           Motegi Circuit 

Circuit info

Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles

Width: 15m

Left corners: 6

Right corners: 8

Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles

Constructed: 1997

Modified: 1997

Race Length:         MotoGP    Moto2    Moto3
Laps        2/3 of laps               Total Distance
24              -                       115.2 km - 71.6 miles


Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became home to MotoGP in 2000 whilst the oval is designed to introduce American motorsports culture to the country.

Twin Ring Motegi is a major attraction for motorsports fans all year round as it is the venue for the Honda Collection Hall, a museum which houses an illustrious collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from throughout the ages. The complex also includes a safety and riding school, dirt track, go-karts, hotel, restaurant, shops and event halls and currently employs some 300 staff.

MotoGP Race Classification 2012

Motegi, Sunday, October 14, 2012

12526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.642'31.569
22099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.34.275
31619Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda162.16.752
4134Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha161.516.397
5111Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda161.320.566
6106Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda16124.567
7946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati160.926.072
8869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati160.336.724
9721Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha160.336.794
1068Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati158.2+1'10.729
11517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati157.9+1'15.658
12441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART157.5+1'22.769
1335Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter157.3+1'24.968
14277James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART157.1+1'29.388
15151Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR156.8+1'34.612
1684Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART155.8+1'50.853

MotoGP Qualifying Classification 2013

Motegi, Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha293.81'53.471
293Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda301.51'54.1290.658 / 0.658
369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati293.71'54.5391.068 / 0.410
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda300.81'54.5421.071 / 0.003
546Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha295.81'54.7321.261 / 0.190
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati295.81'55.0361.565 / 0.304
719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda299.61'55.1351.664 / 0.099
86Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda2991'55.6102.139 / 0.475
941Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART288.71'55.7192.248 / 0.109
1068Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati294.21'55.9982.527 / 0.279
1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha293.71'56.0582.587 / 0.060
1221Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha2941'56.1252.654 / 0.067
1338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha289.31'57.1143.643 / 0.989
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki284.21'57.2973.826 / 0.183
1529Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati288.91'57.3473.876 / 0.050
169Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter281.81'57.5404.069 / 0.193
1714Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART281.71'57.7154.244 / 0.175
187Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR287.61'57.9944.523 / 0.279
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART283.71'58.5405.069 / 0.546
2023Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART281.91'58.8025.331 / 0.262
2171Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki282.31'59.6176.146 / 0.815
228Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR284.41'59.6466.175 / 0.029
2350Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM280.52'00.9827.511 / 1.336
67Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda274.92'02.7129.241 / 1.730
52Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter277.92'02.9329.461 / 0.220
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Motegi

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi 

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, Motegi QP 1
Marquez, Lorenzo, Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, Yamaha Factory Racing, Ducati Team,

Moto2 Qualifying Classification 2013

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
136Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex253.62'01.248
219Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex245.62'01.4520.204 / 0.204
35Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter247.82'01.4840.236 / 0.032
43Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up2492'01.5010.253 / 0.017
597Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up246.72'01.7330.485 / 0.232
680Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex251.92'02.1030.855 / 0.370
740Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex250.72'02.1660.918 / 0.063
877Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter246.22'02.1690.921 / 0.003
952Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3248.52'02.2551.007 / 0.086
1054Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up247.12'02.4051.157 / 0.150
Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team,

Moto2 Motegi QP

Moto2 Motegi QP

Moto3 Qualifying Classification 2013

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
142Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM209.32'09.387
225Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM209.22'10.3100.923 / 0.923
312Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM212.82'10.3130.926 / 0.003
439Luis SALOMSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM212.82'10.6561.269 / 0.343
58Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda209.12'10.6711.284 / 0.015
632Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda205.72'10.8811.494 / 0.210
723Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda206.52'11.0111.624 / 0.130
891Hiroki ONOJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda210.12'11.0571.670 / 0.046
994Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM210.42'11.2231.836 / 0.166
1033Sena YAMADAJPNTeam Plus One & EnduranceHonda203.12'11.5182.131 / 0.295

Alex Rins, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Motegi QP

Moto3 Motegi QP

Moto3 Motegi QP

Motogp News

Lorenzo masters wet Motegi for crucial pole

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a great performance in an extended Motegi qualifying session to take pole position for Sunday’s race.
Following Friday’s cancellation of practice sessions due to weather conditions at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan, the premier class riders were given a special 75-minute qualifying heat on Saturday afternoon.

Defending World Champion Lorenzo made full use of the extended session, getting straight out onto the wet circuit to start working on his race set up. Having initially swapped top spot with rival Marc Marquez early in the session he then dropped down the timesheets.

After some work on set-up he was back, rising quickly to second after a third of the time had gone, 0.1s from Marquez on top. The P1 position continued to change hands until with 15 minutes to go, when Lorenzo put the hammer down and delivered a perfect 1’53.965 lap to go over half a second clear.

Whilst his rivals were able to improve, so was he, dropping even further to a 1’53.471 in the final seconds to secure pole 0.65s ahead of Marquez.

“I’m really happy,” reflected Lorenzo. “It was not so simple because my last memory of the rain was Assen. At the beginning I was a little bit scared and didn't want to crash. We were lucky to have the extended qualifying time to get used to the track. Little by little I got confidence and finally I felt really good with the bike and the grip of the track, especially under braking. It doesn't matter if it’s wet or dry tomorrow, it’s not my problem to think about it, I have to ride in whatever conditions we have. A wet race would be better for the championship though!”

His teammate Valentino Rossi was also looking comfortable around the Motegi circuit. The nine-time World Champion was one of the few who climbed to the top of the timesheets early in the session with a 1’59.304. He continued to be a key protagonist, regularly swapping positions in the top four places with his rivals.

With 30 minutes remaining Rossi had taken provisional second on the grid, just 0.12s from Pedrosa on pole. The last minutes as usual saw a flurry of activity as his teammate took a stunning pole position. Rossi eventually took fifth place at the end of the session with a 1’54.732 second lap.

The Italian later stated, “The result is not so bad, I hoped to arrive on the front row, I’m not so far but I am behind. I was in a better shape when it was full wet and felt better with the bike. When there was less water on the track and some places were quite dry I was able to improve my time a little but not enough for the front row. Tomorrow will be a surprise because if it is dry we will have to make the best set up in the morning warm up and try to arrive competitively for the race.”

Ben Spies announces retirement from racing

Ducati and Ben Spies have announced that the American is to retire from racing competition. The Ignite Pramac Racing rider has competed in only two MotoGP™ races so far this season in a year heavily affected by injuries.
Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben’s current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer,’ reads a Saturday statement.

‘The 29-year-old Texan had signed a two-year agreement with Ducati at the end of last season to race in MotoGP™ in 2013 and 2014 as part of the factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team.’

Having injured his right shoulder while competing with Yamaha Factory Racing in the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Spies required further rehabilitation this year and suffered a further setback when he crashed in free practice at Indianapolis.

‘The resulting operations on both shoulders have left Spies feeling that his physical ability to ride next year remains in question and a decision was jointly made by Ducati and Ben to release Ben from any requirement to race in 2014,’ the statement adds.

Ben Spies

Ben Spies:

“I had such high hopes for racing for Ducati and Ducati has been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging year, so I am tremendously disappointed that I have not been able to fulfill my personal goals and team goals with Ducati. I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for helping me and supporting me throughout my career. I never dreamed that I would reach the level of success that I have over the past 20 years of racing, but the time has come to stop and I do so with great sadness.”

Mary Spies, mother and manager to Ben:

“Wherever Ben has raced over the years - from AMA Superbike to World Superbike to MotoGP™ - he has always felt the warmth and appreciation of the organizers, circuits, teams and fans. We are so grateful to them for their support.”

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director:

“We had high expectations when Ben joined Ducati in MotoGP™ this year and we really hoped that he would fully recover from his Indianapolis crash injuries and continue to race for us in the future However, we understand the reasons for his decision and respect them. It is really a shame for our sport that Ben will not be racing anymore because in our opinion he is one of the most talented riders in the world. We will miss him and wish him all the best for his future life.”

Hayden on front row for penultimate Ducati race

Former MotoGP™ World Champion Nicky Hayden showed his quality with a strong performance in the 75 minute qualifying practice at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan on Saturday.
The American rider secured first front row start for over a year and in his usual affable manner was quick to thank his team and fans, having qualified third.

Hayden adapted well to the unusual conditions, riding smoothly on a wet track which dried slightly towards the end of a specially rescheduled 75 minute QP. The riders went straight into qualifying having seen all free practices cancelled due to weather conditions at Motegi.

The 2006 MotoGP™ title winner occupied the provisional pole spot earlier in the session and his best time of 1’54.539 was enough to eventually take third, with pole man Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez the only riders to outpace him.

It is Hayden’s best qualifying result since the Jerez 2012 round and gives him a shot at a good race result in his penultimate appearance on the Ducati - before moving to Power Electronics Aspar to ride a Honda again in 2014.

On his QP fortunes he stated, "It was better for me than usual as I was able to get on the front row. I’m a little bitter not to get pole as it looked like I could for a while, but I knew that these guys (Lorenzo and Marquez) would bring something extra and they did. As the track dried out I did not really improve. In the wet we don’t have the same problems we have in the dry, the turning, the chatter, the wheelies they disappear and our bike works really well in the wet."

The 32 year-old added, "Anyway, it’s a front row so we need to enjoy it, we need to take advantage of that and have a good race. Thanks to my team for working as hard as ever in a very difficult moment for all of us, with many changes. Thanks also to the Japanese fans who have endured a hard weekend so far, we want to put on a good show for them on Sunday."

Race Day

Motegi, Sunday, October 27, 2013

MotoGP Motegi RAC
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi RAC
MotoGP Motegi RAC

MotoGP Motegi RAC

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, Motegi RAC

Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP, Motegi FP
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi RAC

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Motegi RAC

MotoGP Race Classification

12599Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.342'34.291
22093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.13.188
31626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.14.592
41319Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda161.119.755
5116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.922.81
61046Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha160.824.637
7935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.627.496
8838Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.430.969
9769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati16037.01
1064Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati159.742.944
11521Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha15953.345
1245Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki158.4+1'03.213
13314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART158.2+1'06.840
14229Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati158.1+1'08.218
15168Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati157.5+1'18.240
168Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR157.5+1'19.108
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR157.3+1'21.174
189Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter156.8+1'30.546
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART153.7+2'23.358
2071Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki154.41 Lap
2150Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.41 Lap
2267Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda153.21 Lap


Pole Lap:Jorge LORENZO1'53.471152.3 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 16Jorge LORENZO1'45.736163.4 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2012Dani PEDROSA1'45.589163.6 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Jorge LORENZO1'44.969164.6 Km/h

Moto2 Race Classification 

12540Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex152.928'15.162
22036Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex152.81.344
31612Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter152.63.379
41319Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex152.18.42
51160Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex15210.315
61018Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter151.911.364
7915Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up151.712.718
8877Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter151.515.609
9730Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex151.218.414
10654Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up15120.679


Pole Lap:Mika KALLIO2'01.248142.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 9Pol ESPARGARO1'52.028154.2 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2012Pol ESPARGARO1'51.100155.5 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Pol ESPARGARO1'50.886155.8 Km/h

Moto2 Motegi RAC1
Pol Espargaro,

Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team, Motegi 
2013 Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Motegi RAC2
2013 Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Motegi RAC2

Moto3 Race Classification

12512Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM144.839'45.953
22025Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM144.80.027
31694Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM144.47.75
41344Miguel OLIVEIRAPORMahindra RacingMahindra143.915.889
5115Romano FENATIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaFTR Honda143.718.323
6108Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda143.718.432
7917John MCPHEEGBRCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda143.718.439
8831Niklas AJOFINAvant TecnoKTM143.325.608
9723Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda143.325.95
10641Brad BINDERRSAAmbrogio RacingMahindra142.932.933


Pole Lap:Alex RINS2'09.387133.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 11Alex MARQUEZ1'58.380146.0 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2013Alex MARQUEZ1'58.380146.0 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Danny KENT1'58.371146.0 Km/h

Moto3 Motegi RAC

Moto3 Motegi RAC

Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Motegi FP
Jonas Folger, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, Motegi FP

Maverick Viñales, Team Calvo, Motegi FP

Viñales, Marquez, Folger, Team Calvo, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Mapfre Aspar Team

Paddock Girls

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AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan2

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AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan2
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AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan2

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Motogp News

Lorenzo delighted to take title fight to final round

Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo delivered a vintage performance at Motegi on Sunday, to ensure he did not relinquish his premier class title at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan.
Riding impeccably from pole position the Majorcan rider led the race from start to finish over the 24 lap contest, eventually crossing the finishing line 3.188s ahead of Marc Marquez - to take the title fight to Valencia.
Afterwards he enthused, “Looking at the race classification all the top five after me were Honda riders and normally this track is better for them. So winning at Honda’s home track with Yamaha’s 200th victory in the MotoGP class, when we also took a risk with the soft tyre, was a pleasure. It was a hard race physically but I kept my concentration and I really wanted this victory.”
The Yamaha Factory Racing rider and his crew made a last minute switch to an extra soft tyre option shortly before the race and the gamble paid off.
Lorenzo explained, “We made the decision late on because just before the race the temperature was 10 degrees warmer than in morning practice and I felt better on the softer tyres. I think it was the right choice for me on the Yamaha but maybe for the Hondas they were better on a different tyre.”
Lorenzo’s 51st career victory means the gap between him and Marquez is reduced to 13 points in the standings with just one race remaining. 
Looking forward to the season finale in two weeks time Lorenzo knows he will still be in the hunt at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana. 
“When you look at the Moto3 and Moto2 races today you never know what can happen,” said the 26 year-old. “Until we finish racing we know the championship is not over. I’m not the leading rider so it’s not all up to me, so let’s see how our strategy is at Valencia. I am the rider with the most victories in 2013 and that’s very important.”
Lorenzo’s stunning victory in Japan was his seventh in 2013 and marks the 111th time he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing. Meanwhile, Marquez has six wins to his name this year.

Bautista equals best result of 2013

Alvaro Bautista matched his best finish of the season so far by coming home fourth in Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan, equaling his results of Laguna Seca and MotorLand Aragón

Bautista started seventh on the grid at Twin Ring Motegi, slipstreaming his way past LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl for fourth position as Lap 8 commenced.

“After such a strange weekend with everything that has happened and the two crashes – one yesterday and one this morning – the race was more than positive,” the Spaniard commented on Sunday afternoon. “I felt comfortable with the bike this morning but the crash definitely didn't help and the start wasn't perfect either.

“I hadn't done a single lap with the front tyre, so I wasn't sure how it would feel or how hard I could push it. but I built my rhythm up, made some passes and picked up a solid fourth place that could perhaps have been something more if we'd had a better start. Anyway, it is a good finish to a chaotic weekend and that is the most important thing.

“We have consolidated sixth place in the championship and now we need to keep working to take the next step with Showa, Nissin and Honda. We owe it to everybody that supports us, but especially GO&FUN.”

With just a single event remaining in the campaign, Bautista’s advantage over Bradl – who missed the previous two races through injury – is 14 World Championship points as the duo continue to fight it out for sixth place in the riders’ standings.

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Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana  (Spain)


Sunday, November 10, 2013