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Japanese GP free practice

Japanese Grand Prix

The two free practice sessions of the Japanese Grand Prix’s opening day were characterized by steady rain and cool temperatures, but Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez showed a great pace from the beginning of the action.

Marc was fastest in the FP1 session and was pushing hard during FP2 after fitting a new rear tyre when he suffered a high-side at turn 4, causing him to miss the last minutes of the session. Nonetheless, the time he had already set was fast enough to place him second on the day, a mere 0.043” off provisional pole-setter Andrea Dovizioso.

After ending the first stint in 20th place because he was struggling with a lack of grip, Dani Pedrosa found a better rhythm in the afternoon and ultimately closed the day in eighth place, less than a second off the top.

Marc Marquez

1’54.920  2ND

“This morning everything was perfect and I felt very, very good on the bike. That was the case until the last exit of FP2, despite having to go back from a change to the setup that hadn’t work as well as we hoped. At the end of the session we fit a new set of tyres and I had a different feeling, less grip. I suffered a high-side, which is a bit uncommon in MotoGP now, but in the end, I’m fine. We need to check for why it happened, and we can certainly work a bit on the electronics to understand how to improve that side. Anyway, our speed was there and our lap times came out good, so our mentality will remain the same. I feel confident for the weekend.”

Dani Pedrosa

1’55.773  8TH

“This morning was very tough as we struggled to put heat into the tyres and I had no grip at all. In the afternoon we modified the setup, aiming to cope with these cold temperatures, and we improved a little bit but not enough yet. I’m still feeling uncomfortable on the bike due to the lack of grip. We had a softer tyre spec available, but looking at the forecast, we expect more rain to come. We preferred to continue with the tyre configuration that we think can last the race, looking to understand how to make them work better for us.”

Japanese GP Free Practice Results

Japan MotoGP First Practice Results

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team1’54.877
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team0.043
3ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini0.184
4LORENZO Jorge99SPADucati Team0.357
5ZARCO Johann5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 30.591
6PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAOcto Pramac Racing0.664
7IANNONE Andrea29ITATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.737
8PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team0.896
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR Honda1.272
10RINS Alex42SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1.352
11VINALES Maverick25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1.499
12ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1.558
13NOZANE Kohta31JPNMonster Yamaha Tech 31.576
14REDDING Scott45GBROcto Pramac Racing1.803
15ABRAHAM Karel17CZEPull&Bear Aspar Team1.899
16BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAPull&Bear Aspar Team1.950
17SMITH Bradley38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1.976
18ESPARGARO Pol44SPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1.995
19LOWES Sam22GBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini2.373
20BAZ Loris76FRAReale Avintia Racing2.382
21BARBERA Hector8SPAReale Avintia Racing2.663
22AOYAMA Hiroshi7JPNEG 0,0 Marc VDS2.671
23RABAT Tito53SPAEG 0,0 Marc VDS2.768
24NAKASUGA Katsuyuki21JPNYamalube Yamaha Factory Racing3.464

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