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A remarkable MotoGP season moves to Japan this weekend, with only 10 points separating leader Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia at the top of the championship standings.
Bagnaia was denied a fifth straight win in Aragon last week, but he still closed the gap on Quartararo after the Frenchman crashed out in the first lap.
Read on to find out all you need to know about how to watch the 2022 Japan Grand Prix live on BT Sport.
2022 Japan MotoGP: Preview
Last held in 2019 due to the pandemic, this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix is set to have major title implications with only five races remaining.
Leader Fabio Quartararo, without a win since the mid-season break, crashed on the first lap at Aragon last week in an incident involving the returning six-time world champion Marc Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami.
The Frenchman was “angry and upset” according to Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis but he escaped without serious injury.
The crash allowed the chasing pack to close the gap at the top of the standings with Enea Bastianini overtaking Francesco Bagnaia on the last lap to deny him a fifth straight win.
Bagnaia now trails Quartararo by just 10 points, with Aleix Espargaro a further seven points behind.
The Aprilia rider, who was without a podium since Mugello, finished third in Aragon and has forced his way back into contention.
Arguably the favourite given his recent form, Bagnaia said: “We’re close. 10 points now is the lowest distance I’ve had since the start of the season so for sure I'll try to think about the championship but not too much.
“I’ll just think about my work. I know Japan won’t be easy, we have less time to test and improve the bike, it won't be easy.”
Briton Cal Crutchlow returned in Aragon last week, where he finished as the top Yamaha rider, and his comeback continues at Motegi after the retirement of Andrea Dovizioso.
Repsol Honda rider Marquez also made a long-awaited return, and he races at his team’s home this weekend in Japan. The decorated Spaniard was the last winner here in 2019.
Ducati secured the constructors’ championship for the third year in a row at Aragon, meaning attention turns to what is shaping up to be a titanic tussle at the top of the championship standings.
In another subplot, disruption caused by Typhoon Nanmadol isn’t out of the question on a huge weekend in the MotoGP season.
2022 Japan MotoGP: Race times
Friday 23 September
Free Practice 1: 5.15am - BT Sport 2
Saturday 24 September
Free Practice 3: 1am - BT Sport 2
Qualifying: 4am - BT Sport 2
Sunday 25 September
Warm-ups: 2am - BT Sport 2
Moto3 race: 3.15am - BT Sport 2
Moto2 race: 5am - BT Sport 2
MotoGP race: 6.30am - BT Sport 2
Chequered Flag: 8am - BT Sport 2
2022 Japan MotoGP: Track guide
Mobility Resort Motegi, located at Motegi, Tochigi Prefecture, has hosted the Japanese GP since 1999.
The iconic circuit is 4.8km in length and has six left and eight right corners. The longest straight is 762m.
Marc Marquez has the joint most wins and the Spaniard won the last race at the track in 2019. Jorge Lorenzo holds the all-time circuit record.
How to live stream the 2022 Japan MotoGP on a phone or tablet
Anyone wanting to watch the race weekend can open the BT Sport app during the times listed above and follow the link on homepage.
How to live stream the 2022 Japan MotoGP on a laptop
Head to btsport.com at the times listed above to find a live stream link to the action taking place across the weekend.
On Sunday, watch Race Day via the enhanced video player by following this link.
How to watch the 2022 Japan MotoGP on TV
*BT Sport customers can download the BT Sport app on PS4, Xbox, Apple TV, NOW TV and Samsung Smart TVs (2015 models onwards).
What if I can’t watch the 2022 Japan MotoGP live?
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In an added bonus, subscribers can watch back Saturday’s qualifying session in full if they miss any of the action.
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