Valentino Rossi Challenges Marc Marquez For Pole Position At Japanese GP

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Marc Marquez has dominated all four free practice sessions at 2016 Japanese GP. No one seems to be doubting the Spanish riders pace, as he would be the man to beat on Sunday. Repsol Honda rider was considered to take pole position with relative ease.

Valentino Rossi, however, once again has been able to pull out a rabbit out of his hat. The Italian has somehow managed to steal pole position from Marquez at Motegi GP. Rossi was the only rider to set a lap time in the one minute 43-second range.

Jorge Lorenzo rode exceptionally well for his third place grid position at Japanese GP. Lorenzo suffered an unexpected highside accident during FP3. The Spanish rider was taken to the hospital for scans and was luckily cleared to compete in both FP4 and qualifying session.

As always you cannot rule out Valentino Rossi from a battle. Marc Marquez seemed a little bit fazed by Rossi's pace in qualifying. This has surely set up an interesting scenario for tomorrow's race in Motegi, Japan, as Rossi, Marquez, and Lorenzo will occupy the front row.

Ducati managed to get Andrea Dovizioso to fourth place for the Japanese GP. Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro secured fifth and sixth places respectively. Tomorrow's MotoGP round will be contested at 10:30 IST.

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Story first published: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 13:22 [IST]
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