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Marquez Flies in Dry Warm Up at Motegi

Marc Marquez took advantage of the dry and sunny conditions in Japan to set a blistering 1m45.816s lap in morning warmup at Twin Ring Motegi. In worrying signs for the chasing pack the world champion was over two-tenths quicker than Fabio Quartararo at the end of the session. Alex Rins on the Suzuki was third quickest with a 1m46.282s lap, two tenths back of the Frenchman and four-tenths behind Marquez at the Twin Ring Motegi. 

All signs point to a Marquez walkover if you look at the time sheets, but it’s worth noting that Quartararo’s hot lap was impacted by a run off at turn five. The small wobble clearly frustrated the fiery rookie. Quartararo will win the Rookie of the Year title if he finishes third or higher and mostly likely if he finishes anywhere in the points at all. Joan Mir can only keep the race alive if he finished sixth or higher and outscores Quartararo by 10 points – it takes 75 to seal it at the end of Sunday’s race and the Frenchman is leading the Suzuki rider by 85 points heading in. 

Second-placed qualifier France Morbidelli was fourth-quickest in warmup, once again edging his factory Yamaha counterpart Maverick Viñales. Valentino Rossi is way back on row four for race start but managed to improve for sixth in warm-up, less than a tenth behind Viñales. 

Andrea Dovizioso qualified seventh for the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix and was seventh again in morning warmup, but all is not lost for the factory Ducati ace who won the Motegi edition from ninth on the grid in 2017. 

Cal Crutchlow, Joan Mir and Andrea Iannone rounded up a top 10 that was noticeable for lacking Jack Miller. The Aussie had qualified sixth but was only good for 17th on Sunday morning ahead of the race. The satellite Ducati team confirmed during the coverage that he was suffering from a tight steering feel in the bike, which can hopefully be sorted come the green flag. 

Tito Rabat sustained a wrist injury after crashing in FP3 and took no part in warm up. The Ducati ride will race but will have to start the race from pit lane with a five-second delay after using too many engines already in 2019. 

The green flag drops in Motegi at 2am Sunday morning Eastern Time and all signs point to a Marquez breakaway at Motegi.

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Written by: Jacob Black

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Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda305.91’45.816
220Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha298.31’46.0360.220 / 0.220
342Alex RinsSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki306.81’46.2820.466 / 0.246
421Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha305.01’46.3510.535 / 0.069
512Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha305.01’46.4370.621 / 0.086
646Valentino RossiITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha303.31’46.5110.695 / 0.074
74Andrea DoviziosoITADucati TeamDucati311.21’46.5740.758 / 0.063
835Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda306.81’46.6670.851 / 0.093
936Joan MirSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki304.21’46.7290.913 / 0.062
1029Andrea IannoneITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia300.81’46.7970.981 / 0.068
119Danilo PetrucciITADucati TeamDucati305.91’46.7990.983 / 0.002
1241Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia304.21’46.8621.046 / 0.063
1344Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM305.91’46.8941.078 / 0.032
1463Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac RacingDucati307.61’47.1381.322 / 0.244
1530Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda300.81’47.2221.406 / 0.084
1682Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM305.91’47.4671.651 / 0.245
1743Jack MillerAUSPramac RacingDucati309.41’47.5211.705 / 0.054
1899Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda306.81’47.5901.774 / 0.069
1988Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM300.81’47.7261.910 / 0.136
2050Sylvain GuintoliFRATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki304.21’47.8432.027 / 0.117
2117Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia RacingDucati305.91’47.8452.029 / 0.002
2255Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM300.01’47.9952.179 / 0.150

53Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia RacingDucati