8. Last year’s polesitter Andrea Dovizioso, who has been on pole at Motegi three times, has qualified seventh. Only twice has he qualified lower on the grid at Motegi: ninth in 2017, when he fought back to take the win, and 13th in his rookie year in MotoGP™ in 2008. This is the eighth time this year Dovizioso has failed to qualify on the first two rows. A podium finish for Desmo Dovi tomorrow would be his 100th in this Grand Prix career.