2015 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix

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Japan  2015 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 18 races in the
2015 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Twin Ring Motegi map-2.svg
Date11 October 2015
Official nameMotul Grand Prix of Japan[1][2][3]
LocationTwin Ring Motegi
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.801 km (2.983 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha
Time 1:43.790
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha
Time 1:54.867 on lap 3
Podium
First Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda
Second Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha
Third Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha
Moto2
Pole position
Rider France Johann Zarco Kalex
Time 1:50.339
Fastest lap
Rider Germany Jonas Folger Kalex
Time 2:04.166 on lap 2
Podium
First France Johann Zarco Kalex
Second Germany Jonas Folger Kalex
Third Germany Sandro Cortese Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider Italy Romano Fenati KTM
Time 1:56.484
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Isaac Viñales KTM
Time 2:07.602 on lap 9
Podium
First Italy Niccolò Antonelli Honda
Second Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM
Third Spain Jorge Navarro Honda

The 2015 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifteenth round of the 2015 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, consisting of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes. It was held at the Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi on 11 October 2015.[4][5]

In the premier class, the race began in damp conditions but dried out over the course of the race. Jorge Lorenzo had started on pole but faded to third with tyre issues, and it was Dani Pedrosa that achieved his first victory since the 2014 Czech Republic Grand Prix,[6] and as a result, became the eighth rider to record 50 victories at World Championship level.[7] Valentino Rossi extended his championship lead to eighteen with a second-place finish, ahead of Lorenzo.[6]

During free practice, Alex de Angelis crashed heavily and was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition.[8] De Angelis missed the remainder of the season as a result of the crash.

In the intermediate Moto2 class, Esteve Rabat pulled out of the weekend due to injury and as a result, Johann Zarco won his first World Championship title,[9] and the first by a French rider in the intermediate class since Olivier Jacque in 2000.[10] Zarco went on to win the shortened race ahead of German duo Jonas Folger and Sandro Cortese.[11] In the Moto3 race also shortened by weather delays, Niccolò Antonelli took his second win of the season ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Jorge Navarro, while championship leader Danny Kent maintained his points lead with sixth place.[12]

Dani Pedrosa, celebrating on the podium after winning the MotoGP race.

Classification[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 24 46:50.767 6 25
2 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 24 +8.573 2 20
3 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 24 +12.127 1 16
4 93 Spain Marc Márquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 24 +27.841 3 13
5 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 24 +35.085 4 11
6 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 24 +37.263 8 10
7 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 24 +37.667 9 9
8 21 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 24 +44.654 15 8
9 8 Spain Héctor Barberá Avintia Racing Ducati 24 +48.572 18 7
10 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 24 +50.121 12 6
11 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 24 +1:00.535 7 5
12 72 Japan Takumi Takahashi Team HRC with Nissin Honda 24 +1:01.211 19 4
13 69 United States Nicky Hayden Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 24 +1:11.261 21 3
14 68 Colombia Yonny Hernández Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 24 +1:13.896 14 2
15 63 France Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 24 +1:15.421 24 1
16 19 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 24 +1:20.507 16
17 50 Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 24 +1:31.224 20
18 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 24 +1:46.833 13
19 64 Japan Kousuke Akiyoshi AB Motoracing Honda 24 +2:00.072 26
20 24 Spain Toni Elías Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 23 +1 lap 25
Ret 44 Spain Pol Espargaró Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 22 Accident 11
Ret 43 Australia Jack Miller LCR Honda Honda 16 Accident 22
Ret 25 Spain Maverick Viñales Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 13 Accident 10
Ret 76 France Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 13 Handling 23
Ret 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Ducati Team Ducati 10 Engine 5
Ret 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 8 Accident 17
DNS 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART Did not start
Sources: [13][14][15]

Moto2[edit]

Due to weather conditions which caused delays in the schedule, the race distance was reduced from 23 to 15 laps.[16]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 France Johann Zarco Kalex 15 31:17.900 1 25
2 94 Germany Jonas Folger Kalex 15 +4.505 3 20
3 11 Germany Sandro Cortese Kalex 15 +15.433 9 16
4 25 Malaysia Azlan Shah Kalex 15 +17.348 12 13
5 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 15 +22.858 6 11
6 88 Spain Ricard Cardús Suter 15 +24.970 17 10
7 3 Italy Simone Corsi Kalex 15 +25.759 16 9
8 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Speed Up 15 +27.024 4 8
9 23 Germany Marcel Schrötter Tech 3 15 +27.485 21 7
10 4 Switzerland Randy Krummenacher Kalex 15 +28.062 18 6
11 40 Spain Álex Rins Kalex 15 +30.768 5 5
12 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 15 +32.685 10 4
13 71 Japan Tomoyoshi Koyama NTS 15 +33.995 29 3
14 72 Japan Yuki Takahashi Moriwaki 15 +36.582 25 2
15 36 Finland Mika Kallio Speed Up 15 +43.672 20 1
16 60 Spain Julián Simón Speed Up 15 +48.256 14
17 2 Switzerland Jesko Raffin Kalex 15 +49.421 28
18 73 Spain Álex Márquez Kalex 15 +51.712 15
19 57 Spain Edgar Pons Kalex 15 +1:20.982 24
20 96 France Louis Rossi Tech 3 15 +1:31.219 26
21 66 Germany Florian Alt Suter 15 +1:36.116 30
22 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 15 +1:41.127 7
23 70 Switzerland Robin Mulhauser Kalex 13 +2 laps 22
Ret 39 Spain Luis Salom Kalex 9 Accident 13
Ret 10 Thailand Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 8 Accident 19
Ret 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex 7 Accident Damage 2
Ret 19 Belgium Xavier Siméon Kalex 5 Front Tyre Wear 11
Ret 97 Spain Xavi Vierge Tech 3 4 Accident 27
Ret 49 Spain Axel Pons Kalex 4 Retirement 8
Ret 16 Australia Joshua Hook Kalex 3 Accident 23
DNS 1 Spain Esteve Rabat Kalex Did not start
OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT

Moto3[edit]

Due to weather conditions which caused delays in the schedule, the race distance was reduced from 20 to 13 laps.[16]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 23 Italy Niccolò Antonelli Honda 13 28:03.391 2 25
2 44 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 13 +1.053 5 20
3 9 Spain Jorge Navarro Honda 13 +8.529 6 16
4 32 Spain Isaac Viñales KTM 13 +11.074 7 13
5 63 Malaysia Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 13 +13.043 15 11
6 52 United Kingdom Danny Kent Honda 13 +15.224 4 10
7 33 Italy Enea Bastianini Honda 13 +15.873 3 9
8 98 Czech Republic Karel Hanika KTM 13 +17.563 19 8
9 17 United Kingdom John McPhee Honda 13 +18.153 24 7
10 7 Spain Efrén Vázquez Honda 13 +18.556 27 6
11 88 Spain Jorge Martín Mahindra 13 +19.896 23 5
12 84 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil KTM 13 +20.892 11 4
13 24 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 13 +25.145 20 3
14 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Honda 13 +28.455 34 2
15 21 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 13 +28.849 10 1
16 91 Argentina Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 13 +29.988 25
17 41 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 13 +30.719 9
18 29 Italy Stefano Manzi Mahindra 13 +31.949 21
19 95 France Jules Danilo Honda 13 +32.146 28
20 16 Italy Andrea Migno KTM 13 +35.048 17
21 58 Spain Juan Francisco Guevara Mahindra 13 +47.242 14
22 96 Italy Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 13 +48.796 18
23 65 Germany Philipp Öttl KTM 13 +49.372 13
24 48 Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta Husqvarna 13 +56.860 16
25 27 Japan Keisuke Kurihara Honda 13 +59.731 35
26 6 Spain María Herrera Husqvarna 13 +1:07.035 26
27 40 South Africa Darryn Binder Mahindra 13 +1:19.621 30
28 5 Italy Romano Fenati KTM 13 +1:29.664 1
29 22 Spain Ana Carrasco KTM 13 +1:52.305 33
Ret 2 Australia Remy Gardner Mahindra 10 Accident 29
Ret 11 Belgium Livio Loi Honda 4 Accident Damage 8
Ret 76 Japan Hiroki Ono Honda 2 Accident 12
Ret 34 Japan Ryo Mizuno Honda 1 Accident 32
Ret 10 France Alexis Masbou Honda 1 Accident 22
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1 Retirement 31
DNS 20 France Fabio Quartararo Honda Did not start
OFFICIAL MOTO3 REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)[edit]

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round fifteen has concluded.[17]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Tito Rabat withdraws, Johann Zarco wins championship". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Johann Zarco is 2015 Moto2 world champion". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  11. ^ Lewis, Lisa (11 October 2015). "Champion Zarco powers to damp Motegi win". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  12. ^ Lewis, Lisa (11 October 2015). "Antonelli dominates for wet Motegi win". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
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  14. ^ "MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN · MotoGP Race Classification 2015". Motogp.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  15. ^ "2015 Australian MotoGp : Race Classifications" (PDF). Resources.motogp.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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  17. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2015. Retrieved 2019-08-26.


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