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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. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’54.877
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.043
3 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.184
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 0.357
5 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0.591
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 0.664
7 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.737
8 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.896
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.272
10 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.352
11 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.499
12 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.558
13 NOZANE Kohta 31 JPN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.576
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1.803
15 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1.899
16 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1.950
17 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.976
18 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.995
19 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.373
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 2.382
21 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 2.663
22 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2.671
23 RABAT Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2.768
24 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 3.464


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