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Suzuki's early '19 bike trial was "massively important"

Suzuki being able to race an early version of its 2019 MotoGP bike in last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix was “massively important”, according to test rider Sylvain Guintoli.

Zarco has reached "limit" with two-year-old Yamaha

Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Johann Zarco feels he has reached the "limit" of what is possible to achieve using his two-year-old bike.

Nakagami "really sorry" to fans for Motegi performance

Takaaki Nakagami has apologised to his home fans after what he feels was a sub-par performance in his home MotoGP race at Motegi.

Rossi: Suzuki is stronger than Yamaha now

Valentino Rossi believes the Suzuki MotoGP team is now stronger than Yamaha, after finishing behind Alex Rins in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Dovizioso tactics left Crutchlow 'swearing in his helmet'

Cal Crutchlow said he was "swearing in my helmet" during the Japanese Grand Prix, as race leader Andrea Dovizioso's strategy allowed several riders to catch up with the leading group.

Marquez says he "provoked" Dovizioso's Motegi crash

Newly crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes his pace “provoked” Andrea Dovizioso’s crash in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Dovizioso: Marquez did "something special" in Motegi race

Andrea Dovizioso says 2018 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez did "something special" during the Japanese Grand Prix, and also praised the Spaniard's campaign as a whole.

Motegi MotoGP: Marquez secures fifth title, Dovizioso crashes

Marc Marquez has secured his fifth MotoGP title after taking an eighth victory of the 2018 season in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Marquez in warm-up

Motegi polesitter Andrea Dovizioso led the way in morning warm-up for the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of MotoGP title rival Marc Marquez.

Petrucci "chose the wrong weekend" to struggle

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says he “chose the wrong weekend to be in trouble” after struggling to 15th in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Analysis: Can Dovizioso postpone Marquez's title coronation?

While it will take a miracle to deny Marc Marquez the 2018 MotoGP title, Andrea Dovizioso could postpone the celebrations as the duo is again set to battle it out for the win at Motegi.

Marquez lacked “confidence” on second bike after crash

Marc Marquez admits he could only qualify sixth for MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix because a crash in FP4 left him using his second bike, on which he lacked “confidence”.

Zarco shows Yamaha "paying" for engine choice – Vinales

Johann Zarco’s qualifying pace at Motegi shows that Yamaha is “paying” for making the wrong choice of MotoGP engine this year, according to Maverick Vinales.

Rossi laments Yamaha tyre pressure "mistake"

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has revealed that his qualifying run at Motegi was compromised by a tyre pressure “mistake”.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs pole, Marquez sixth

Andrea Dovizioso scored pole position for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix in a typically frenetic qualifying shootout, while champion-elect Marc Marquez could manage no better than sixth place.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso fastest again ahead of qualifying

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso returned to the top of the timesheets in third practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix, narrowly edging Cal Crutchlow and Johann Zarco.

Yamaha's Thailand breakthrough "confirmed" - Vinales

Yamaha can conclude its step forward in Thailand wasn’t just a one-off, believes Maverick Vinales after the opening day of MotoGP practice in Motegi.

Motegi MotoGP: Pedrosa fastest in FP2 on drying track

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set the pace in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix on a damp-but-drying Motegi track.

Suzuki gives Guintoli 2019 engine, aero for Motegi

Suzuki MotoGP test rider Sylvain Guintoli is set to race in this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix with a 2019-specification engine and aerodynamic fairing.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso leads Crutchlow in first practice

Andrea Dovizioso led the way in opening practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix, heading Cal Crutchlow by a little over a tenth of a second.

Lorenzo withdraws from Motegi MotoGP round

Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo will not take part in the remainder of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, it has been confirmed.

Lorenzo still in doubt to race in Japan

Jorge Lorenzo has been passed fit to take part in MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix, but the Spaniard is still unsure whether he will race as he hasn't yet fully recovered from injury.