Andrea Dovizioso takes pole at Motegi

The sole Ducati posted a 1:44.590 while Marc Marquez could only qualify 6th.

After it was announced yesterday that Jorge Lorenzo wasn’t riding this weekend, Ducati could turn all of their focus to Dovizioso. The Italian has been fast all weekend and showed that pace in Q2. In the dying seconds, the order changed with Dovizioso qualifying on the front row ahead of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller.

This was a well needed boost for Zarco as his form since his 2019 plans had been sorted has been woeful! Jack Miller has also been strong this weekend and the Aussie will be hoping for a well deserved podium tomorrow.

Cal Crutchlow was on provisional pole before the last runs but had to settle for 4th position ahead of Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez.

Once again, Yamaha struggled with Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi down in 7th and 9th respectively. What makes it more embarrassing is that Johann Zarco is up on the front row while the factory bikes can only make the 3rd row. They’ll be hoping for a stronger Sunday, like they did in Thailand.

Elsewhere, Bradley Smith was unlucky not to advance into Q2 after qualifying 13th.



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