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Fittipaldi to miss Motegi, could return for Suzuka finale

Pietro Fittipaldi will skip the next Super Formula race at Motegi but remains open to competing in the title decider at Suzuka later this year.

Motegi Super GT: Cassidy, Hirakawa clinch title as Nissan wins

The #37 TOM’S Lexus duo of Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa clinched the 2017 Super GT championship after finishing second to the #23 Nissan in the final round of the season at Motegi.

Motegi Super GT: Nissan takes crucial pole in finale

The factory Nissan duo of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda topped the qualifying session for the Super GT season finale at Motegi, beating their nearest championship rivals by nearly a second in the #23 GT-R.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz wins rain-shortened Race 2

Honda's Norbert Michelisz was declared winner of the second WTCC race at Motegi, which was suspended early after increasingly heavy rain.

Motegi WTCC: Chilton wins Race 1 as title contenders struggle

Sebastien Loeb Racing driver Tom Chilton cantered to victory in the opening WTCC race at a sodden Motegi.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz beats Catsburg to take pole

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz stormed to pole position for Sunday's main WTCC race in Japan at a wet Motegi.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz tops wet first practice

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz led the way in an unusual late-afternoon first practice session at Motegi, with the weekend’s schedule heavily compressed due to the late arrival of the cars and equipment from China.

Typhoon forces WTCC to move Japan qualifying to Sunday

The organisers of the WTCC have issued a revised schedule for this weekend’s race at Motegi due to a typhoon passing between China and Japan that has delayed the arrival of the container shipment.

Monteiro forced to miss Motegi WTCC race

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro has been ruled out of competing in the WTCC at this weekend's race at Motegi on medical advice.

Analysis: Why Pedrosa's helplessness is Michelin's frustration

The tyre problems that have robbed Dani Pedrosa of any chance to fight in certain MotoGP races this year have been a source of great frustration to Michelin, which is trying to help the Spanish veteran.

Smith got "no excitement" from season-best qualifying

KTM rider Bradley Smith admits he got no “excitement” from taking his season-best MotoGP qualifying result of seventh in last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. 

Rossi tips super-sub Nozane for big MotoGP future

Valentino Rossi has tipped Kohta Nozane to become Japan’s next MotoGP star following the Yamaha test rider’s premier class debut last weekend at Motegi.

Iannone says he and Suzuki "needed" Motegi result

Suzuki MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has expressed his relief at putting an end to his poor run of results and securing a strong result in last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Dovizioso "relaxed" about "strange" Marquez title battle

Andrea Dovizioso says that he and his Ducati team find themselves in a “strange situation” that is making them more “relaxed” about their MotoGP title showdown with Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo slams Zarco's 'PlayStation' riding after Motegi clash

Jorge Lorenzo has slammed fellow MotoGP rider Johann Zarco for 'PlayStation'-like riding after the duo's run-in in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rossi left with "pain everywhere" in Motegi crash

Valentino Rossi says he was left with “pain everywhere” following a dramatic early crash during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Marquez sorry for reaching "limit" in Dovizioso battle

Marc Marquez apologised to Andrea Dovizioso for reaching “the limit” with an aggressive pass during their stunning fight for victory in MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Dovizioso: Strategy key to beating "aggressive" Marquez

Motegi MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso says preparing a last-lap strategy was key to seeing off title rival Marc Marquez in a 'tense' duel for victory.

Motegi MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after race

Andrea Dovizioso scores a fantastic win in the GP of Japan at Motegi to cut the points gap from Marc Marquez to 11

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso snatches last-lap victory from Marquez

Andrea Dovizioso closed the gap on MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez after coming out on top against the reigning champion in an epic dice for glory in the wet at Motegi.

Motegi Moto2: Marquez wins, Morbidelli extends points lead

Alex Marquez scored his third Moto2 victory of the season in wet conditions at Motegi, as Marc VDS teammate Franco Morbidelli stretched his points advantage despite finishing eighth.

Motegi Moto3: Fenati dominates, Mir fails to score

Romano Fenati took his second Moto3 victory in the space of three races in torrential conditions at Motegi, keeping the title race open as points leader Joan Mir struggled to 17th.

Motegi MotoGP: Marquez leads delayed morning warm-up

Marc Marquez led the way in a shortened and delayed wet morning warm-up session for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

"Pissed off" Crutchlow "can't ride" Honda in rain

A “pissed off” Cal Crutchlow claims he “can’t ride” his LCR Honda MotoGP bike in the wet this year after struggling to 15th place in Motegi qualifying.

Marquez: Motegi pole less "important" than slick mileage

Marc Marquez insists he has no regrets over the tyre gamble that cost him a likely Motegi MotoGP pole, as the Honda rider felt gaining mileage on slicks was more important.

Rossi "lucky" to escape FP4 crash without injury

Valentino Rossi said he was fortunate to avoid further damaging his injured leg in a crash he suffered in fourth practice for this weekend's Motegi MotoGP race.

Vinales admits MotoGP title hopes are "slipping away"

Maverick Vinales admits he can see his MotoGP title ambitions “slipping away” following a dismal run to 14th place in qualifying at Motegi.

Gallery: Rain-soaked free practice at Motegi

We present the best images from the first day of practice of the Japanese MotoGP.

Motegi MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying

Johann Zarco delivered a master class performance today to clinch a superb second pole position in his rookie MotoGP season.

Motegi MotoGP: Zarco on pole as Marquez gamble backfires

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco grabbed a shock MotoGP pole position in a wet qualifying session at Motegi, as slick tyre gambles backfired for both Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.

Motegi MotoGP: Marquez tops FP3, Vinales into Q1

Marc Marquez set the pace in third practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix, edging out Valentino Rossi, as Maverick Vinales failed to make the automatic Q2 cut in the wet conditions.

Marquez says Lorenzo is "the favourite" at Motegi

Marc Marquez reckons Jorge Lorenzo is the favourite for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, following the Ducati rider's strong pace on Friday.

Yamaha has gotten worse in the wet - Vinales

Yamaha has failed to get on top of its wet-weather issues and has gotten worse in such conditions as the season has progressed, according to Maverick Vinales.

Lorenzo, Crutchlow at odds over Motegi FP1 crash

Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow had differing opinions of their incident during a wet first MotoGP practice session at Motegi.

Suzuki trials new 'moustache' fairing in Motegi practice

Suzuki MotoGP riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins trialled a new aerodynamic fairing in Friday practice at Motegi, which the team has dubbed the ‘moustache’.

Motegi MotoGP: Dovizioso tops FP2, Marquez crashes

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as Marc Marquez crashed late in the session.

Motegi MotoGP: Marquez dominates wet first practice

Marc Marquez led a rain-soaked opening practice session for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, beating nearest rival Aleix Espargaro by almost nine tenths of a second.

Lorenzo "not obsessed" over 2017 Ducati race win hopes

Jorge Lorenzo says he is not stressed over taking his first win with Ducati this year but vows to take more risks in the last four MotoGP races of the season.

Illness rules Folger out of Motegi MotoGP race

Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Jonas Folger will miss this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi after being struck down by illness.

Aoyama to replace injured Miller at Motegi

Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will stand in for the injured Jack Miller in the forthcoming MotoGP round at Motegi.

Miller ruled out of Motegi after training crash

Marc VDS Honda MotoGP rider Jack Miller will miss the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi after breaking his leg in a training incident.

Gasly hails "amazing" maiden Super Formula win

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly was delighted to overcome early-season troubles to muster his maiden Super Formula win in only his fifth start in the series at Motegi.

Motegi Super Formula: Gasly snatches maiden win from Kobayashi

Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly claimed an unlikely maiden Super Formula win at Motegi after chief rival Kamui Kobayashi lost a significant amount of time in a botched pit stop.

Marquez and Pedrosa celebrate HRC’s successful 2016 at Honda Racing Thanks Day

Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button joined Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa for a day on track, riding and driving various motorcycles and other machines.

Rossi reveals he broke finger in Motegi crash

Valentino Rossi has revealed that he suffered a broken finger when he crashed out of last weekend’s Motegi MotoGP race.

Motegi MotoGP: Motorsport.com's rider ratings

The Japanese Grand Prix will be remembered for being the place that Marc Marquez secured title number three - but who else stood out at Motegi? Valentin Khorounzhiy offer his assessment.

Randy Mamola: Marquez could dominate MotoGP like Rossi did

In his latest column for Motorsport.com, former 500cc star Randy Mamola hails newly-crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez's amazing season in 2016.

Face-to-face with 2016 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez

On Sunday, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured his third MotoGP title with three rounds still remaining after storming to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Exhausted Bagnaia "hoped for much more" from Motegi

Aspar Mahindra's Francesco Bagnaia says the Japan Moto3 weekend turned out to be more difficult than he had expected, despite the sixth place finish.

Rossi perplexed by "surprise" crash

Valentino Rossi admits he is not certain what caused his crash in the Japanese Grand Prix, saying that he wasn't too fast or off-line heading into the corner.

Marquez: Rossi seemed "nervous" in early laps of Motegi race

Newly-crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says rival Valentino Rossi appeared "nervous" in the early laps of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lorenzo laments wrong front tyre choice

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo reckons choosing the wrong front tyre compound for the Japanese Grand Prix is what cost him a shot at victory.

Marquez: I had to lose 2015 MotoGP title to win this year

Three-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says he owes his 2016 title success to lessons learned from last year’s crash-ridden campaign.

Motegi MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after race

Marc Marquez wins race and 2016 MotoGP World Championship in Japan

Motegi MotoGP: Marquez crowned champion as Rossi and Lorenzo crash

Marc Marquez was crowned a three-time MotoGP champion by claiming his first-ever win at Honda’s home track Motegi on Sunday, as Yamaha rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out.

Motegi Moto2: Luthi wins, Zarco extends points lead as rivals crash

Thomas Luthi scored his third win of the Moto2 season at Motegi, managing to keep a charging championship leader Johann Zarco at bay.

Motegi Moto3: Bastianini stuns Binder with last-lap pass

Enea Bastianini had just enough to beat newly crowned Moto3 champion Brad Binder in Motegi on the final lap of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Marquez targets "podium, not victory" in Japanese GP

Marc Marquez says he will prioritise getting on the podium in the Japanese GP over chasing victory as he looks to maintain his lead in the MotoGP standings.

Rossi: Marquez and Lorenzo "a bit faster" in race trim

Japanese Grand Prix poleman Valentino Rossi reckons main rivals Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have a slight advantage over him on race pace.

Bagnaia says Aspar Mahindra needs rear grip in Motegi race

Aspar Mahindra's Francesco Bagnaia believes the team having solved the issues they suffered in practice, needs more grip on the rear to deliver a top 10 result on Sunday.