The first practice sessions for the GP of Japan have taken place in Motegi today, with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finishing second fastest for the day in the combined times and his teammate Marc Marquez – who sustained a training injury last week – in seventh.

Blue skies greeted the MotoGP paddock as FP1 began this morning with the track in good condition from the first laps. Both Dani and Marc began setup work in anticipation for Sunday’s race and finished the session fifth (1’45.896) and seventh (1’45.965) respectively. In the afternoon, the ambient temperature rose slightly by 3ºC to 25ºC and both Repsol Honda riders improved their time with Dani improving by a second with his time of 1’44.859 (lap 19/20).

Teammate Marc, who is riding this weekend with a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand, ended up in seventh with his lap of 1’45.492 (lap 14/15).

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'44.859

"We tested a lot of things out in the practice sessions today and we finished in a good position, but we encountered more problems than we had expected. However, we are working as best we can to reduce these problems and go faster. We shall see just how much we are able to improve tomorrow."

Marc Marquez

7th 1'45.492

"The first practice was useful for us to see how my finger felt, and to correctly adapt my riding position and it went pretty well. At least I was able to ride correctly and brake late, which is the important thing. Obviously it hurts, but it is bearable. As for the setup, we have made improvements but we still have room to do better -above all with the electronics, which we need to adjust to this circuit. We will see tomorrow if we can take another step forward and get amongst the top five."

MotoGP 2015
Practice Round 15   Japan

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
32%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.731
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.859
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'45.043
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'45.059
5 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.250
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'45.348
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.492
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'45.554
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.597
10 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'45.645
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'45.846
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'47.074
13 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.371
14 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'46.464
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'46.477
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'46.563
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'46.648
18 Takahashi Takumi 72 JPN Team HRC with NISSIN Honda 1'46.650
19 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'46.770
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'46.934
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.974
23 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.096
24 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'47.219
25 Elias Toni 24 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'47.626
26 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'48.572
27 Akiyoshi Kosuke 64 JPN AB Motoracing Honda 1'48.769
Location Information

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became… read more.

Length 4.801 kilometres / 2.983 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles
Constructed 1997

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps

www.twinring.jp/english

Records

Pole Position 1m 43.790s (166.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 45.350s (164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2015 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)