The two free practice sessions of the Japanese Grand Prix’s opening day were characterised 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.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 15   Japan

First Practice Results

Wet
Humidity
100%
Track Temp
17°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 04 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.877
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.043
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.184
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.357
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.591
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.664
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.737
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.896
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Honda 1.272
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.352
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.499
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.558
13 Nozane Kohta 31 JPN Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.576
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.803
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.899
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.950
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.976
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.995
19 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.373
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.382
21 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.663
22 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.671
23 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 2.768
24 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 3.464
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)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)