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

Aidan ReynoldsContributor IIIOctober 26, 2013

Jorge Lorenzo was clearly the superior rider on the Motugi Circuit.
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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha293.81'53.471
293Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda301.51'54.1290.658 / 0.658
369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati293.71'54.5391.068 / 0.410
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda300.81'54.5421.071 / 0.003
546Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha295.81'54.7321.261 / 0.190
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati295.81'55.0361.565 / 0.304
719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda299.61'55.1351.664 / 0.099
86Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda299.01'55.6102.139 / 0.475
941Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART288.71'55.7192.248 / 0.109
1068Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati294.21'55.9982.527 / 0.279
1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha293.71'56.0582.587 / 0.060
1221Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha294.01'56.1252.654 / 0.067
1338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha289.31'57.1143.643 / 0.989
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki284.21'57.2973.826 / 0.183
1529Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati288.91'57.3473.876 / 0.050
169Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter281.81'57.5404.069 / 0.193
1714Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART281.71'57.7154.244 / 0.175
187Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR287.61'57.9944.523 / 0.279
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART283.71'58.5405.069 / 0.546
2023Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART281.91'58.8025.331 / 0.262
2171Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki282.31'59.6176.146 / 0.815
228Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR284.41'59.6466.175 / 0.029
2350Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM280.52'00.9827.511 / 1.336
67Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda274.92'02.7129.241 / 1.730
52Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter277.92'02.9329.461 / 0.220

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.