Joan Mir and Marc Marquez both posted steady improvements over Friday in front of the home Japanese crowd, ending in 12th and 14th respectively.

A harsh sun beat down on the 4.8 kilometres of Mobility Resort Motegi as the Japanese Grand Prix got underway. Two sessions of practice saw the MotoGP field continually improve their times, the 2015 lap record falling during the afternoon.

Joan Mir entered the weekend looking to continue his form from India once again fight at the front of the field. Starting the morning well, the #36 assessed several items for HRC as he decided his direction for the weekend. A fall at Turn 5 during first practice saw Mir walk away unharmed, returning to the garage and heading back out on track after just a handful of minutes lost. Ultimately ending in 12th with a best time of 1’44.428 and having to do battle in Q1 on Saturday afternoon. Improving braking will be the double World Champion’s primary focus for Saturday before the action ramps up in Qualifying and the Sprint race.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Marc Marquez was able to show similarly consistent pace as he spent the day in and around the top ten. Confident in his outright speed at the Japanese GP, Marquez was left just outside the top ten when the day came to a close after yellow flags and a crash at Turn 1 ended his afternoon. 14th at the end of Friday with a best time of 1’44.574, Marquez ended 0.3s from a spot in Q2.

Some forecasts are calling for a 60% chance of rain on Saturday and lower temperatures than those experienced today, the change in weather another factor in deciding what will happen in Qualifying and the Sprint Race. It was in the wet that in 2022, Marc Marquez took pole for the Japanese GP and ended a 1,071-day drought of pole positions.

Joan Mir

12th 1'44.428

“The crash we had this morning was not a big one but it complicated things a little bit. We were trying a few things with the bike I crashed on. In the afternoon we started with the bike we had in India, but I spent some of the session trying the bikes instead of working hard on a specific setup. I think we lost a bit here and this is why we aren’t in Q2 but still we were close. I think we need to work on improving the braking a little bit in order to keep improving tomorrow. The objective for tomorrow is to improve this and to challenge for Q2, then we will see what’s possible.”

Marc Marquez

14th 1'44.574

“Today was a day where there was the possibility to go straight to Q2, I had the speed but there were a few mistakes. On the first tyre I made a mistake on the last corner and with the second tyre there were yellow flags. I didn’t see the yellow flag so didn’t know my lap was cancelled, then I was pushing to improve on my lap time again and I lost the front at Turn 1. Aside from this it wasn’t too bad a day, the feeling was positive and the pace is not looking too bad. Tomorrow we will keep the bike more or less the same and focus more on my riding style and the lines we are using.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 14   Japan

Friday Practice - Japanese Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'43.489
2 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.029
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.295
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.354
5 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.456
6 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.458
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.573
8 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.628
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.730
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.772
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.828
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.939
13 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.031
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.085
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.168
16 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.220
17 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.322
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.439
19 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.742
20 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 2.377
21 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 3.747
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


Pole Position 1m 43.198s (167.4km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m 45.198s (164.2km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2023 Race Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)