The times for the Japanese Grand Prix arrive this evening because tomorrow morning, from the early hours of the morning, the hostilities will have already begun. In the last Aragon GP, Enea Bastianini took his fourth MotoGP victory, after Qatar, America and France earlier in the season. He thus became the fifth Ducati rider to win more than three times in the category, three less than Loris Capirossi.
The victory of Bastianini it is the fifth for a driver Ducati of an independent MotoGP team, joining this year’s and that of George Martin last year in Styria. With the victory of Bastianini and 14th place Cal Crutchlowthe best driver Yamaha upon arrival, Ducati wins the MotoGP World Constructors’ Championship for the fourth time in the premier class (and third time in a row).
Francesco Bagnaia he finished second at the Aragon GP for his 17th MotoGP podium, all with Ducati, two less than his team-mate. Jack Millerwhich ranks fourth on the drivers’ list Ducati with more podiums in the queen category. Casey Stoner leads the dance with 42 podiums with the Bologna plant.
With five podiums in five successive races, bathed he is the second rider on the current MotoGP grid to achieve this feat Marc Marquez i Dovizioso. with Bastianini i bathedthis is the 21st consecutive MotoGP race with at least one rider Ducati on the podium, extending the Bologna factory’s record in this category. Also, the pilots Ducati they have taken 24 podiums since the first race of the year in Qatar, equaling the Bologna factory record in the category set last year.
Alex Espargaro he finished third at the Aragon GP for his eighth MotoGP podium, his sixth since the start of the season, and his first since the Italian GP where he also finished third. He is the only rider to have scored points in all 15 MotoGP races of the season.
Brad Binder finished fourth at MotorLand Aragon, which is the best result for a KTM since winning Miguel Oliveira at the Indonesian GP earlier this year. Alex Rins finished ninth best Suzuki and rider of a Japanese motorcycle, which is the first time that there is no bike from a Japanese manufacturer in the top eight. It is the first time since Opatija in 1969 that no bike from a Japanese manufacturer has made the top 8 of a premier class race.
The championship leader, Fabio Quartararohe crashed in Aragon and now leads the MotoGP World Championship by just 10 points bathed. After the German GP, bathed he was 91 points behind Quartararo.
At the GP of Aragon, Marco Bezzecchi he finished 10th and the only one of the five MotoGP rookies this year in points. He still leads the race for the Rookie of the Year title by 74 points By Giannantonio (23 points), Darryn Binder (10), Remy Gardner (9) i Raul Fernandez (8).
with Bastianini (P1), bathed (P2), Miller (P5), Martin (P6), Luca Marini (P7), Zarco (P8) i Bezzecchi (P10), it is the first time that there are seven pilots Ducati in the top 10 of a queen class race. In Aragon, Alex Marquez he finished in 12th place as the best driver honda. From the inaugural race in Qatar with Pol Espargaro in third place, without a driver honda it has only finished on the podium in 14 consecutive races, extending the longest streak without a podium 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 this year’s five MotoGP debutants has already won in Japan in one of the lower classes: Bezzecchi in 2018 (Moto3). He also finished third in Moto3 in 2017, his first GP podium.
Since the introduction of the MotoGP category in 2002, honda scored nine wins at Motegi, including wins with Marc Marquez the years 2018 and 2019.
Ducati took five MotoGP victories at Motegi, the last of which with Andrea Dovizioso in 2017 in wet weather. The other two pilots Ducati to have won on the Japanese circuit are Loris Capirossi (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Casey Stoner (2010). two pilots Ducati classified in pole position in Japan: Loris Capirossi (2005 and 2006) and Andrea Dovizioso (2014 and 2018).
Yamaha won the MotoGP race at Motegi four times, most recently in 2014 with Jorge Lorenzo. The last podium for Yamaha riders at Motegi dates back to 2019, Fabio Quartararo taking second place.
Suzuki and Kenny Roberts Jr. they 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 Rins in 2018 they are the only Suzuki podiums at Motegi.
Aprilia’s best result in MotoGP at Motegi is a P7 with Alvaro Bautista in 2016 and Alex Espargaro in 2017. A KTM’s best MotoGP result in Japan is a P11 with Pol Espargaro the years 2017 and 2019.
What will this sixteenth of twenty rounds of the MotoGP calendar hold for us in Japan, with high stakes as the top three in the general classification are united on 17 points? To find out, you don’t have to miss anything from the event from its start this Friday. Precisely, here is the program for the first of the three jousting days.
Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Friday, September 23:
06:15 – 06:55: Moto3 FP1
07:10 – 07:50: Moto2 FP1
08:05 – 09:20: MotoGP FP1