An unbeatable Martin takes pole position in Motegi, breaking the track record

An unbeatable Martin takes pole position in Motegi, breaking the track record

2023-09-30 04:51:31

Jorge Martín continues to remember that he is a pole man. The man from Madrid has not rested all weekend and has managed to add a new first position in the classification of the Japanese Grand Prix, achieving a new record for the Motegi track. Pecco Bagnaia has recalled that he can fight for the victory in the sprint that will start from second place, with a surprising Jack Miller in third position.

On Friday the clear dominator was none other than Brad Binder, who took the circuit record, but in Saturday’s morning session Marco Bezzecchi recalled that India’s dominance was not a mirage and it was still there. Of course, always with the permission of Pecco Bagnaia, who would soon take second place in FP2.

Q1 started with the drivers running quickly in times of high 1:43, with Marc Márquez in the provisional first position with a time of 1:43.997, his best time of the weekend. From second position, Fabio Quartararo remembered that he was the leader of Yamaha, and was in second position, one tenth behind #93. For his part, Joan Mir suffered on the first attempted lap, even aborting it to go to the pits and change the tires.

With the new tires, the changes were constant in the final stretch of Q1, with a Raúl Fernández who was in second position 52 thousandths behind Marc Márquez, with both drivers progressing to Q2. For their part, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir will have to make a comeback on Sunday, starting from 16th and 17th position respectively.

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Q2 started like a real madness with the fall of Marco Bezzecchi at the entrance to the finish line without consequences. Taking advantage of this situation, Jorge Martín was already dominating with an overwhelming pace in one lap, announcing that he was going to dominate the classification with a time of 1:43.648, which he would quickly lower to 1:43.198, being the new track record. . With this situation, the first of the mortals was Jack Miller, 589 thousandths behind the Spaniard, followed by Fabio di Giannantonio who was willing to talk on the track.

And reborn Pecco Bagnaia surprised in the final stretch of the classification, marking a 1:43.369, 171 thousandths behind Martín, remembering that he is the current world champion, staying in second position. The first KTM was none other than Jack Miller who was third, 182 thousandths behind Martín.

Marco Bezzecchi has not lost his patience despite the error he suffered at the beginning of the session, setting a time of 1:43.624 (+0.426s), while Brad Binder was fifth (+0.511s) in a session that was not entirely comfortable. Completing the top 10 were Fabio di Giannantonio (6th, +0.610s), Marc Márquez (7th, +0.614s), Maverick Viñales (8th, +0.617s), Aleix Espargaró (9th, +0.624s) and Johann Zarco (10th, +0.653s).

With a very close classification, The next stop will be the sprint race, which will be played at 8:00 Spanish time.

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Results Q1 Classification Japanese GP 2023

Results Q2 Classification Japanese GP 2023

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