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.
Japanese GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps
|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)|