MotoGP of Japan 2013 Qualifying: Full List of Results and Times

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MotoGP of Japan 2013 Qualifying: Full List of Results and Times
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Jorge Lorenzo was clearly the superior rider on the Motugi Circuit.

Despite the weather attempting to ruin qualifying, Jorge Lorenzo emerged triumphant and will start from the front in the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan.

Due to the weather, the qualifying period was amended to a single 75-minute session, replacing the standard 15-minute Q1 and Q2 periods.

Lorenzo's intensity gave him his second pole position in the space of a week, which was made more impressive by the fact that no one past third place got within a second of his time.

AirAsia Grand Prix OF Japan MotoGP Qualifying Classification 2013
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 293.8 1'53.471
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 301.5 1'54.129 0.658 / 0.658
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 293.7 1'54.539 1.068 / 0.410
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 300.8 1'54.542 1.071 / 0.003
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 295.8 1'54.732 1.261 / 0.190
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 295.8 1'55.036 1.565 / 0.304
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 299.6 1'55.135 1.664 / 0.099
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 299.0 1'55.610 2.139 / 0.475
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 288.7 1'55.719 2.248 / 0.109
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 294.2 1'55.998 2.527 / 0.279
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 293.7 1'56.058 2.587 / 0.060
12 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha YSP Racing Team Yamaha 294.0 1'56.125 2.654 / 0.067
13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.3 1'57.114 3.643 / 0.989
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 284.2 1'57.297 3.826 / 0.183
15 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 288.9 1'57.347 3.876 / 0.050
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 281.8 1'57.540 4.069 / 0.193
17 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 281.7 1'57.715 4.244 / 0.175
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 287.6 1'57.994 4.523 / 0.279
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 283.7 1'58.540 5.069 / 0.546
20 23 Luca SCASSA ITA Cardion AB Motoracing ART 281.9 1'58.802 5.331 / 0.262
21 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 282.3 1'59.617 6.146 / 0.815
22 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 284.4 1'59.646 6.175 / 0.029
23 50 Damian CUDLIN AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 280.5 2'00.982 7.511 / 1.336
67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 274.9 2'02.712 9.241 / 1.730
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 277.9 2'02.932 9.461 / 0.220

MotoGP.com

The day began on a very wet track, with some remnants still remaining of the fog and rain that had cancelled all previous practices.

Nicky Hayden threatened to steal pole for Ducati with a strong showing, but as the track continued to dry out he was dethroned by Dani Pedrosa and his Honda.

However, when Lorenzo took to the track he immediately assumed the top spot, only stretching his lead with each trip round the circuit.

His countryman and title rival Marc Marquez had a mixed day, taking a couple of trips into the gravel but still managing to post a time 0.658 of a second back from Lorenzo.

Marquez will be well aware of the importance of this race to his title hopes. The 20-year-old's remarkable rookie season will be capped off with a championship if he can outscore Lorenzo by eight points in Japan.

The Repsol Honda rider will be keen to make amends for the Australian round, which saw him disqualified after failing to pit at the required time. Due to tyre safety concerns, riders were instructed to change bikes midrace. 

Because he didn't abide by this, Marquez scored no points for the race, while Lorenzo gained the maximum 25. This changed the race to the title dramatically and gave Lorenzo a bigger window to attack in Japan. 

Marquez has become an incredibly popular figure in a short space of time, but his choice of shirt for Japan left a lot to be desired, and frankly shouldn't have been allowed near anyone with a camera:

Prior to Australia, it seemed that the title was going to no one but Marquez. Following the race, Lorenzo admitted to BBC Sport that he had been very lucky in Australia:

Without the mistake from Marc I think he would have been first or second—now the championship has changed so much.

Before the race we had no chance - a 2% or 3% chance - and now it's 20% or 30%.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo needed no luck on the Motegi Circuit, and his dominant times reflected that. He will be unwilling to give up his status as World Champion without a fight.

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