Featured MotoGP: First Motegi pole for Marquez in Japan

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    Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez again demonstrated his incredible skill in mixed conditions, securing his 90th career pole position in front of Honda’s home crowd.

    The predicated rain hit Motegi from late Friday evening and persisted throughout the morning on Saturday. Free Practice 3 began in soaking wet conditions but with no sign of the rain easing, riders quickly headed out on track to assess conditions. Free Practice 4 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit saw the circuit begin to dry, with Marquez showing incredible confidence in the mixed conditions to go 1.342 seconds faster than his nearest opposition.

    This confidence carried on through to Q2 where the freshly crowned eight-time World Champion took pole position – his first at the Japanese track in the premier class.

    As a result, Marquez has now started from pole position at every circuit on the current MotoGP calendar in the premier class.

    He said: “The first pole position on the MotoGP bike in Motegi is great, I didn't know it was the last one! It’s a circuit that I usually struggle at a bit but today the setup was working very well in Qualifying and I was able to ride in a different way. It's important to start on pole at the home of Honda. I felt very strong during Free Practice 4 but the conditions weren’t really normal. It was still a bit wet out on track, tomorrow we will have a lot of pressure from Yamaha and Dovizioso I think, so we still need to work a bit in Warm Up. The target is to fight for the victory, let’s see what the conditions are.”

    The 1’45.763 lap also earned him the 90th pole position of his Grand Prix career and his 62nd in the premier class, continuing to extend his pole position record.

    Sunday’s 24-lap Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time and presents Honda with their first chance to win the 2019 Constructors World Championship, needing to concede no more than two points to chief rivals Ducati.
     

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