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Oct 26

MotoGP: Hayden On Front Row For Penultimate Race With Ducati

Nicky Hayden celebrates after qualifying third for Sunday's Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden celebrates after qualifying third for Sunday’s Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden made the most of Saturday’s 75-minute qualifying session at a damp Twin Ring Motegi, as the American rider captured his first front row start since Jerez in 2012.

Hayden held the provisional pole for much of the final 30 minutes, but his best time of 1:54.539 would only be good enough for third. Pole winner Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez were the only riders to outpace the 2006 MotoGP World Champion.

Although Hayden was pleased with third, he admitted to being bitter over failing to nab the pole, which would have been his first since Portugal in 2007.

Oct 26

F1: Grosjean Qualifies Dismal 17th, Rues Tire Strategy In India

Romain Grosjean talks with his team prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean talks with his team prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean, who has matured from an impetuous racer into a regular podium contender, can blame firm tires rather than loose driving for his woes in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

Grosjean will start from 17th on the grid Sunday after Lotus’ gamble on sticking with medium tires backfired in the first qualifying session Saturday.

The Frenchman was philosophical about the decision and is still hopeful of challenging for a podium finish — if not the Red Bulls — to boost his team in its battle for second place in the constructors’ title.

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Oct 26

MotoGP: Marquez ‘Took More Risks Than Usual’ In Motegi Qualifying

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start second in tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will start the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan from second place on the grid, ahead of another opportunity to clinch the MotoGP world title on Sunday.

First presented with a chance to seal the crown in Australia last weekend, Marquez’s race ended in disqualification as winner Jorge Lorenzo took victory. At Motegi, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider again heads up the grid from Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez, bidding to become the youngest premier class title winner in history.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Lorenzo Takes Crucial Motegi Pole, Marquez Second

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo storms to pole at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain claimed pole position for the Japanese MotoGP on Saturday, putting himself in place to challenge championship leader and compatriot Marc Marquez in Sunday’s race.

Lorenzo was 0.658 seconds faster than Marquez in a single 75-minute qualifying session which was cut short because of rain at the Twin Ring Motegi track north of Tokyo.

Oct 26

F1: Vettel Claims Third Straight Indian GP Pole

Sebastian Vettel will start from P1 in India. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will start from P1 in India. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position at the Indian Grand Prix, shoring up the Red Bull driver’s bid for an almost inevitable fourth straight Formula One title.

Vettel only needs to finish fifth or better Sunday to wrap up the championship with three races remaining, and bettered his own lap record to claim his third straight pole at Buddh International Circuit. The German has won both previous Indian GP races, leading every lap.

He clocked 1 minute, 24.119 seconds to beat his nearest rival by 0.7 seconds.