Eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez finished a consistent first day in Japan as the third fastest rider as Jorge Lorenzo made a step forward.

Cool conditions on Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit didn’t deter the local fans who filtered into the track from early in the morning.  A track temperature of 21°C kept riders some distance from the outright lap record in Japan but potential rain on Saturday meant they still had to push hard for a Q2 spot in the closing moments of Free Practice 2.

Fresh from being crowned the 2019 MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez showed no signs of relenting his fearsome work ethic. Working towards Sunday’s 24-lap race, Marquez was fourth in Free Practice 1 and improved his time by just under a second to go third on the combined time sheets. The World Champion is not resting on his laurels and is determined to find more speed on Saturday, whatever the conditions.

Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a positive day aboard the Repsol Honda Team RC213V in Japan, spending the majority of it running inside the top 15 and cutting the gap to the top ten to just a few tenths. Ultimately ending the day in 17th, the five-time World Champion was unable to take full advantage of fresh tyres in the afternoon’s conditions. Continuing to close the gap to the front remains Lorenzo’s objective for the weekend after Friday’s positive start.

Action is scheduled to resume at 10:50 Local Time on Saturday with Free Practice 3, the session later in the day than usual due to Japan’s unique schedule.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'45.100

“It’s nice to be on the bike again after Thailand! Today was not the best day for us because we missed a few things and it wasn’t our best FP2 of the year but still we are in a good position and close. At the moment we’re focusing on the race weekend and understanding a couple of ideas we have had with the geometry. We still need to understand the tyres a bit more so hopefully the weather will be OK tomorrow.”

Jorge Lorenzo

17th 1'46.661

“Today was a positive day, maybe my best practice since I returned from injury. We changed something on the bike from earlier in the season and we had a good day. I improved my feeling and my speed; it wasn’t a full second improvement, but I felt better and could see the improvements on track. Our final position isn’t perfect because I couldn’t take the most from a new tyre like other riders but our pace is closer to the front.”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 16   Japan

Japanese GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
73%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'44.764
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.321
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.336
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.650
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.702
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.798
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.813
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.855
9 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.877
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.957
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.966
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.040
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.256
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.566
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.793
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.812
17 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.897
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.981
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.036
20 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.039
21 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.134
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.394
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 3.210
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)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)