Japan MotoGP Qualifying Results: Marquez completes full house

Japan MotoGP, Twin Ring Motegi - Qualifying Results: Marc Marquez qualifies quickest to ensure he has started at the each MotoGP circuit from pole position

Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda MotoGP

Marc Marquez has taken pole position for the 2019 Japan MotoGP at Twin Ring Motegi, in so doing ensuring he has now started from the top spot at every circuit on the current calendar.

The Spaniard prevailed in tricky conditions at Honda’s home venue after wet conditions from earlier in the day improved to leave an optimum dry line but leave damp patches off it.

Nonetheless, Marquez kept his cool to see off the challenge of his rivals and secure his first-ever pole position at the Motegi circuit, bringing his career tally to 90 career pole positions.

Petronas SRT Yamaha completed the front row with Franco Morbidelli securing his best starting position since Jerez ahead of team-mate Fabio Quartararo. It is the first time the Italian – who ride the same A-spec M1 as the factory team – has out-qualified Quartararo in 12 events.

Cal Crutchlow shines as Valentino Rossi struggles

Maverick Vinales ensured Yamaha remains well poised to challenge Marquez on race day in fourth position, while Cal Crutchlow produced one of his best qualifying performances of the season to progress via Q1 before placing the LCR Honda in fifth position.

Pramac’s Jack Miller flew the flag highest for Ducati in sixth position, just ahead of Desmo counterparts Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci in seventh and eighth, while Aleix Espargaro continued to impress for Aprilia with another top ten run in ninth.

Once again out-paced by his Yamaha counterparts, Valentino Rossi could only manage tenth spot ahead of Suzuki duo Alex Rins – who joined Crutchlow in qualifying through Q1 – and Joan Mir.

Home hero Takaaki Nakagami starts his final race for 2019 before he is replaced by Johann Zarco so he can undergo shoulder surgery from 13th place from Pecco Bagnaia, Pol Espargaro and Mika Kallio, the KTM’s struggling in the cooler conditions. Jorge Lorenzo starts 19th.

Tito Rabat didn’t participate in qualifying after a heavy fall in FP3.

2019 Japan MotoGP Qualifying Results & Grid

Japan MotoGP - Twin Ring Motegi Qualifying Results
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda RC213V1m 45.763
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M11m 45.895
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M11m 45.944
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 46.090
5Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda RC213V1m 46.189
6Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati GP191m 46.337
7Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team GP191m 46.410
8Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team GP191m 46.427
9Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 46.558
10Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 46.558
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR1m 46.600
12Joan MirESPSuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR 1m 46.616
13Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR IDEMITSU Honda RC213V1m 46.998
14Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati GP18 1m 47.594
15Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 47.654
16Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 47.894
17Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 47.979
18Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati GP181m 48.121
19Jorge LorenzoESPRepsol Honda RC213V1m 48.492
20Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 48.522
21Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR1m 49.186
22Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 49.243
23Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati GP18No Time