Three races in the East to decide the season for the Ducati Team

The MotoGP championship is approaching the finish line and teams and riders are faced with three races in quick succession far from Europe. It begins in the "enemy's lair", in that Motegi that precisely 10 years ago gave the title to Casey Stoner and Ducati. A fast track requiring sudden braking and violent accelerations, and therefore well suited to the features of the D16.

Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Japan refreshed by the podium in Aragon, where for most of the race he was the master of ceremonies and where the growing affinity between the Spaniard and his Ducati was abundantly clear. There is no doubt that Jorge is ready to return to the highest competitive levels. In contrast, Andrea Dovizioso's race for the title hit a speed bump at Motorland. The uncertain conditions of the first day of qualification runs strongly affected Andrea's weekend, and he was therefore unable to count on the usual set of information to tackle the race. There are still 100 points available and the top position is within striking distance, but those points need to start going Ducati's way in Japan to stay in the race for the championship.

Even though Dovizioso and Lorenzo will be racing in the Land of the Rising Sun, they will still be able to rely on the support of the many local Ducatistas who will fill the Ducati Grandstand at Motegi. Since Ducati's MotoGP debut in Suzuka in 2003, the red grandstand has always been a fixture at the Japanese race, a beautiful sight to see.

Week-end Timetable (Local time)

Time Session
09.55 - 10.40 FP1
14.05 - 14.50 FP2
Time Session
09.55 - 10.40 FP3
13.30 - 14.00 FP4
14.10 - 14.25 Q1
14.35 - 14.50 Q2
Time Session
09.40 - 10.00 WarmUp
14.00 Race

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