MotoGP Gp Japan The MotoGP motorcycle circus returns to Japan for the 16th stage of the 2022 World Championships.
The last Grand Prix contested in the Land of the Rising Sun dates back to 2019, when Marc Marquez won ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso.
This comes after the beautiful Aragon race, where Bastianini triumphed against Bagnaya and Fabio Quartararo immediately exited the match after colliding with Marc Marquez.
There are three drivers vying for the title, leader Quartararo, Bagnaya (10 points behind) and Alex Espargari (17 points behind).
With five races remaining, the world championship will be very open and the weather can be surprising in Motegi. The riders will take to the track on Friday afternoon, then Saturday morning FP2 and FP3, no FP4 and then qualify.
At Ducati there was talk of team play (click here to listen to Paolo Chapatti DS thoughts), Bastianini’s win in Aragon earned Bagnaia 5 points and at Ducati they don’t want to miss the chance, given that the (only) title is one in MotoGP, ed) Missing since 2007, when Casey Stoner won it.
Many will compete for the first time with the MotoGP at Motegi, including Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin and Luca Marini. In Aprilia’s house, after Alex Espargari’s platform rediscovered, the goal is to do well. The points behind Quartararo are 17 and even Maverick Vinales after a bad Aragon arc could help his teammate.
At Honda, expect to see Marc Marquez in action, who’s back in Aragon and had a few kilometers in the race due to a collision to the rear of the Quartararo, caused by the Honda Spaniard’s RC213V rally. Given Franco Morbidelli’s disappointing performance, Yamaha will focus everything on Quartararo, who, as mentioned, will have to defend himself not only from Ducati’s squadron and from Aprilia, but also from Suzuki who will race on their home ground for the last time.
Takaaki Nakagami will also be racing at home, which despite a hand problem caused by a fall in the race (he crashed into Marquez’s bike that became unmanageable after a piece of Quartararo bike fairing got stuck between the rubber and the swengaro, editor). He will try his best. Also watch for KTMs, they appeared as champions in Aragon.
Japan GP Weather
At the moment, rain is expected for the Japanese GP on Friday and Saturday, and clouds for Sunday.
Gp Aragon information
The Motegi track is 4.8 km long and has 6 left and 8 right turns. The circuit, whose full name: Twin Ring Motegi, was built by Honda and is still used today as a test lab. In 1999 he entered the MotoGP calendar. On this track, he set the winning record between Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Loris Capirossi, all with three hits. Jorge Lorenzo has the most columns, 4.
Japan times GP
Friday 23 September
FP1 Moto3 06:15 – 06:55
FP1 Moto2 07:10 – 07:50
FP1 MotoGP 08:05 – 09:20
Saturday 24 September
FP2 Moto3 02:00 – 02:40
FP2 Moto2 02:55 – 03:35
FP2 MotoGP 03:50 – 04:35
Q1 Moto3 05:35 – 05:50
Q2 Moto3 06:00 – 06:15
Q1 Moto2 06:30 – 06:45
Q2 Moto2 06:55 – 07:10
FP3 MotoGP 07:25 – 07:55
Motorcycle first quarter 08:05 – 08:20
Q2 MotoGP 08:30 – 08:45
Sunday 25 September
Moto3 Warm-up 03:00 – 03:10
Moto2 warm-up 03:20 – 03:30
Motorcycle warm-up 03:40 – 04:00
Gara Moto3 05:00
Gaara Moto 2 06:20
Gara MotoGP 08:00
Where do you see Japanese GP
All sessions will be live on Sky MotoGP and will be broadcast on SkyGo and NowTv platforms. TV8, the summary of qualifications will be broadcast on Sunday at 12:00. Sunday’s races were delayed starting at 09:15.