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Marc down again @ Aragon :( Jorge taking the win, with Vale having an epic battle with Dani, but couldn't pass him and took P3. Points lead cut down , now at 14 with 4 to go!! Could it be a wet race?? JL99 sprained his shoulder, Vale crashed at the Mich Tire Testing, and Marc of course with the hand surgery, all seem good to go though!!


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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.


Current Points:
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 263
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 249
3 Marc Marquez Honda 184
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati 172
5 Bradley Smith Yamaha 143
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 139
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 129
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 93
9 Cal Crutchlow Honda 88
10 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 88
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 76
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 74
13 Scott Redding Honda 67
14 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 47
15 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 28
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 26
17 Hector Barbera Ducati 23
18 Jack Miller Honda 16
19 Nicky Hayden Honda 13
20 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 11
21 Eugene Laverty Honda 9
22 Michele Pirro Ducati 8
23 Mike di Meglio Ducati 7
24 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
25 Alex de Angelis ART 2


2014 Podium : JL99, MM93, VR46


Circuit Record:
JL99 - 1:45.350 Speed - 164
 

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Press Conf - 04:00am Thurs Oct 8


Practice Thurs Oct 8
20:00 - 20:40 Moto3 FP1
20:55 - 21:40 MotoGP FP1
21:55 - 22:40 Moto2 FP1
00:10 - 00:50 Moto3 FP2
01:05 - 01:50 MotoGP FP2
02:05 - 02:50 Moto2 FP2

Qual Fri Oct 9

20:00 - 20:40 Moto3 FP3
20:55 - 21:40 MotoGP FP3
21:55 - 22:40 Moto2 FP3
23:35 - 00:15 Moto3 QP
00:30 - 01:00 MotoGP FP4
01:10 - 01:25 MotoGP Q1
01:35 - 01:50 MotoGP Q2
02:05 - 02:50 Moto 2 QP
 

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MotoGP Japan: Lorenzo 'I will race without problems' 6 October 2015
“I just have a bit of pain in my left shoulder but I will race without any problems in Motegi” – Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP title contender Jorge Lorenzo insists he will race 'without problems' at Motegi this weekend, after hurting his shoulder in a training accident.

The Spaniard is reported to have sprained ligaments when he fell from a minibike last Saturday.

“As you may have heard, I had a small incident while I was training but I'm well, I just have a bit of pain in my left shoulder but I will race without any problems in Motegi,” Lorenzo declared.

The incident marks another potential swing in the power struggle for the 2015 MotoGP championship, which has seen momentum see-saw back and forth between Lorenzo and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

After losing ground due to a DNF at Misano, Lorenzo struck back with his sixth win of the season at Aragon, cutting Rossi's advantage to 14 points heading into this weekend's Japanese race - the first of four remaining rounds.

“I have still great feelings from Aragon,” Lorenzo said. “It was a nice victory in front of our home crowd. We were also able to achieve the World Championship Team Title for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. The weekend was perfect and we could make up some good points compared to Valentino.

“The championship is amazing in this last part of the season but from now on we need to stay more focused if we want to keep the momentum and try to win the title. Next stop is Japan a place where I have good memories, especially from the last two years.

“Motegi is a typical stop and go circuit but for some reason I could do great races in the past even if it may be better suited for our rivals. This year we go there eager to do another great battle so hopefully we could do another nice race and try to make the championship tighter.”

Rossi has not been without an injury scare of his own, falling heavily in the post-race Michelin test at Aragon, the Italian emerging a little 'beat up'.

Lorenzo has won at Motegi for the last two years.
 

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MotoGP Japan: Rossi 'I will have to give my all' 6 October 2015
“I crashed but there were no further consequences, only a little abrasion on my arm” - Valentino Rossi.
The seven days since Aragon saw the MotoGP top three of Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez all suffer accidents in testing or training.

World championship leader Rossi looks to have got off most lightly, being left with an abrasion to his arm after a fall during the post-race Michelin test.

“During the test, I crashed but there were no further consequences, only a little abrasion on my arm. I'm fine and I'm ready for the tripleheader!” Rossi said ahead of this weekend's Japanese round.

Rossi's title advantage has been cut to just 14 points, with 100 still available, after Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo's latest victory at Aragon.

But the Spaniard then hurt his shoulder in a training accident last Saturday. Described as a ligament sprain, Lorenzo insists he will 'race without problems' in Motegi, although it is sure to give Rossi a small psychological boost after struggling to match Lorenzo's dry pace since the summer break.

Lorenzo has also claimed victory at Motegi for the past two seasons, while Rossi has been winless in Japan since 2008. However a memorable showdown between the pair (over third place) went in Rossi's favour in 2010.

“We're on our way to Motegi to begin a very important part of the season. Motegi is a track that I like very much. Here I made a good race in the past and also last year I had a good weekend, but Jorge was stronger than me so he won,” said Rossi, in pursuit of a tenth world title at the age of 36.

“For this reason I will have to give my all because there are only 14 points between him and I. These points may seem a lot but they are few.

“We must give the maximum because we are competitive, which we have demonstrated up to this point. There will be three races in a row and it will be important not to make any mistakes, but at the same time make sure to get the best possible results. I feel good.”

Marquez, who has slipped 79 points from Rossi after a fifth DNF of the year at Aragon, required surgery after fracturing his hand in a mountain bike accident.

While effectively out of the title fight, his injury could still influence the championship outcome having been the rider most likely to take points from Rossi and Lorenzo.

Motegi is the first of three successive flyaway races, followed by the season finale in Valencia.
 

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MotoGP: Marquez ‘healing well’ ahead of Japan 6 October 2015
“I'm healing well and hope to be as fit as possible for this weekend” - Marc Marquez.
One year after wrapping up the MotoGP championship in Japan, Marc Marquez returns with his 2015 title chances all but over and nursing a new hand injury.

Marquez's hopes of a perfect third title have been wiped away by five race falls, the latest of which occurred on the second lap at Aragon.

Just days later, the Repsol Honda star broke his hand in a mountain bike accident. Surgery was required and, given the short amount of healing time, the Spaniard will obviously be at less than 100% fitness this weekend.

"Aragon was a tough race and I made a mistake, now I'm eager to get to Japan and try to end the season at the top,” Marquez said.

“Unfortunately last week I had a training accident whilst mountain biking and suffered a fracture in my left hand. I had an operation on Wednesday and have been resting it since. I'm healing well and hope to be as fit as possible for this weekend.

“Track conditions in Motegi can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking in order to be at the front come Sunday. I hope we can have a good result in front of Honda's home fans!"

Marquez was expected to challenge Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo at each of the remaining four rounds, adding a further uncertainty to the championship battle between the Yamaha riders.

The #93 finished between Lorenzo and Rossi in last Motegi year's race, which is again the first of three events in three weekends.

Despite his accidents, Marquez has managed to win four races so far this season, the same number as title leader Rossi.
 

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MotoGP Japan: Pedrosa ‘motivated’ by Rossi battle 6 October 2015
“After the battle in Aragon with Valentino I'm feeling really motivated to go to Japan” – Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa may not have yet won a MotoGP race this year, but he did win arguably the best battle of his career against Valentino Rossi - over second place - last time at Aragon.

The Repsol Honda star now hopes to continue that form in front of Honda's home fans at Motegi.

"After the battle in Aragon with Valentino I'm feeling really motivated to go to Japan, Honda's home race,” Pedrosa said. “We had a testing day on Monday after the race and then on Tuesday I stayed in Barcelona for my birthday with family and friends.

“Now we're already on our way for the flyaways. This race is a big event for Honda so I'm even more inspired to give them and all the fans a strong result! The track itself has many strong braking points and acceleration areas, so you need to find a good setup combining braking stability and traction out of the corners."

Pedrosa won at Motegi in 2011 and 2012.
 

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Kids on the KTM 390s need to get better quick in MotoAmerica. It's a little sad that there will be no Americans in GP at all next year (but not wholly unexpected, as any racing involving right turns is frowned upon here).
 

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FP1 Results:
Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is riding for the first time since surgery on a fracture to his left hand, sustained in a mountain bike accident, while 2015 title contender Jorge Lorenzo sprained his left shoulder in a minibike accident last weekend.

Factory test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) and Takumi Takahashi (Honda) are making wild-card appearances for their home round, with countryman Kousuke Akiyoshi in place of the injured Karel Abraham...

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.432s [Lap 15/15] 300km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.827s +0.395s [16/18] 311km/h
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.844s +0.412s [13/19] 299km/h
4. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.888s +0.456s [19/19] 305km/h
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.896s +0.464s [9/17] 305km/h
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.947s +0.515s [11/17] 308km/h
7. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.965s +0.533s [11/17] 305km/h
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.234s +0.802s [16/17] 298km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.323s +0.891s [10/18] 303km/h
10. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.371s +0.939s [16/16] 296km/h
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 46.551s +1.119s [5/15] 306km/h
12. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 46.699s +1.267s [21/21] 304km/h
13. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 46.765s +1.333s [10/17] 301km/h
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.073s +1.641s [7/16] 303km/h
15. Takumi Takahashi JPN Team HRC (RC213V) 1m 47.079s +1.647s [7/18] 303km/h
16. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 47.171s +1.739s [7/18] 298km/h
17. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 47.181s +1.749s [15/18] 293km/h
18. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 47.184s +1.752s [17/18] 300km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 47.304s +1.872s [16/16] 297km/h
20. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.364s +1.932s [7/18] 300km/h
21. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 47.503s +2.071s [10/16] 300km/h
22. Jack Miller AUS LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 47.539s +2.107s [14/16] 296km/h
23. Toni Elias SPA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 47.626s +2.194s [16/17] 301km/h
24. Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 48.083s +2.651s [11/18] 292km/h
25. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 48.625s +3.193s [18/18] 293km/h
26. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 49.277s +3.845s [12/17] 290km/h
27. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.846s +4.414s [11/15] 288km/h
 

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just hearing of this :
After struggling in FP1, Marc VDS say Tito Rabat won't ride at #Japanese GP, which would mean Johann Zarco is Moto2 world champion.

Really too bad for Tito :( Congrats to Zarco 2015 Moto2 World Champion
 

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JL99 on top again:

FP2 Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.731s [Lap 13/15] 299km/h (Top Speed)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.859s +0.128s [19/20] 305km/h
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.043s +0.312s [18/19] 308km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.059s +0.328s [18/18] 310km/h
5. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.250s +0.519s [17/19] 304km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.348s +0.617s [15/16] 300km/h
7. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.492s +0.761s [14/15] 303km/h
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.554s +0.823s [19/19] 297km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.597s +0.866s [18/19] 302km/h
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 45.645s +0.914s [17/19] 305km/h
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.846s +1.115s [16/17] 305km/h
12. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 46.074s +1.343s [18/20] 300km/h
13. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 46.464s +1.733s [16/17] 299km/h
14. Jack Miller AUS LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 46.477s +1.746s [15/17] 300km/h
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.563s +1.832s [13/16] 304km/h
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.648s +1.917s [16/18] 302km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.649s +1.918s [15/16] 295km/h
18. Takumi Takahashi JPN Team HRC (RC213V) 1m 46.650s +1.919s [5/20] 300km/h
19. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 46.770s +2.039s [15/18] 296km/h
20. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 46.827s +2.096s [12/16] 292km/h
21. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 46.934s +2.203s [13/15] 299km/h
22. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.974s +2.243s [19/19] 298km/h
23. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 47.096s +2.365s [12/14] 298km/h
24. Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 47.219s +2.488s [10/17] 293km/h
25. Toni Elias SPA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 47.689s +2.958s [16/18] 300km/h
26. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 48.572s +3.841s [10/14] 292km/h
27. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 48.769s +4.038s [9/15] 292km/h
 

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MotoGP Japan: Lorenzo: It was surprising
9 October 2015

“It was surprising how fast I was today, because the shoulder really is not the same as normal” - Jorge Lorenzo.
It looked like business as usual for Jorge Lorenzo on Friday at the Japanese MotoGP, but the Spaniard insists he could have gone even quicker without his recent shoulder injury.

The rider to beat in dry conditions ever since the summer break, and now just 14 points from team-mate Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo led both practice sessions at Motegi.

It was a surprise for the Movistar Yamaha rider, who underwent medical checks after hurting his left shoulder in a training accident last Saturday. X-rays ruled out any fractures, but it was impossible to predict how his shoulder would cope until today's sessions.

"It was surprising how fast I was today, because the shoulder really is not the same as normal," Lorenzo said. "But it seems like the bike is working very well and this is a track where in normal conditions I could probably make the biggest advantage over my rivals.

"But even with this injury I am very fast and very consistent. I believe that with normal physical conditions I could have been even faster, but there's no point in thinking about what could have happened.

"I tried to save a little energy today and didn't do too may laps to try to save the shoulder a bit for tomorrow. From one side every day is better, from the other side each day you are doing exercise which probably doesn't help the shoulder recover.

"Overall I think the shoulder will be the same or a little bit better tomorrow."

Team manager Massimo Meregalli added: "We were unsure about Jorge's condition until the start of FP1, but he quickly reassured us with his strong pace. Despite his shoulder injury, he experienced no difficulties setting those very fast times and he clearly displayed that he has good pace and speed."

Lorenzo's best lap was within a few tenths of the pole record and, although he finished the day just 0.128s ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa, the #99 was a decisive 0.823s clear of Rossi.

“I didn't expect to be so competitive, especially in the morning,” Lorenzo said. “I expected to improve little by little, but starting from the first run I was the fastest rider and I improved even more on the last outing, so I finished first in the morning and the afternoon. The bike is going better than last year and we have a great setup.

“For tomorrow we still have a margin to improve the bike to suit my riding. I hope it won't be raining on Sunday, so let's hope the weather forecasts improve.”
 

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MotoGP Japan: Marquez: It hurts, but is bearable
9 October 2015

“At least I was able to ride correctly and brake late, which is the important thing. Obviously it hurts, but it is bearable” - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez was satisfied with his opening day performance at the Japanese MotoGP, which saw the world champion ride for the first time since hand surgery.

The Repsol Honda star needed a plate inserted after fracturing the fifth metacarpal of his left hand in a mountain bike accident.

The Spaniard was seventh in both of Friday's sessions, setting a best lap time 0.761s behind Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and saving a leg-off slide in the process.

“The first practice was useful for us to see how my finger felt, and to correctly adapt my riding position and it went pretty well,” said Marquez.

“At least I was able to ride correctly and brake late, which is the important thing. Obviously it hurts, but it is bearable.”

The Spaniard is using a modified handlebar grip, which he described as a “a big help. The grip is a little bit bigger, because I cannot close my fist completely. It helps a lot on the brake point.

“Today I didn't push at 100% because if you stress a lot tomorrow will be worse. So we will see. Now it is a little bigger than in the morning, but I hope after some work with the physio this evening it will feel better.

“As for the set-up, we have made improvements but we still have room to do better - above all with the electronics, which we need to adjust to this circuit. We will see tomorrow if we can take another step forward and get among the top five.

“It looks like with the extra soft rear tyre the Suzuki and Ducati will be very fast, but at the moment Lorenzo is the person to beat."

Already 79 points from the title lead, Marquez will officially drop out of championship contention unless he stays within 75 points on Sunday.

"We must except it. We tried and did our best," said Marquez. "We tried our 100% but this year there were two riders that were better than us, both Yamaha riders were one step in front of us.

"Of course we did some mistakes that we will try to avoid in the future, but there are still four races to try to finish the year in a good way."

And would he like Rossi or Lorenzo to take his title?

"It is difficult to say! Like you know I am Valentino's fan and he did an amazing season and is the most constant at the moment. But on the other side Lorenzo is the fastest. It will be interesting to see if consistency or speed wins this championship."
 
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