The Japanese Grand Prix got underway today at Twin Ring Motegi in mixed weather conditions, with a dry morning session followed by a wet and damp afternoon stint.

Marc Marquez led FP1 at length before dropping to fourth in the final minutes. Fourth-fastest was also Marc’s overall result for the day, as he decided to sit out FP2 after checking the track conditions.

Dani Pedrosa was 11th this morning in the dry before setting the fastest lap time in FP2’s mixed conditions.

Marc Marquez

4th Combined 1'45.498 (FP1)

“This morning in the dry, the feeling was good, and with half-and-half conditions in the afternoon, we decided not to lap, even though I’m normally strong in that situation. I felt competitive and strong in FP1 and I was able to ride in a good way. That said, while it’s a bit to early to understand where we are, I saw that Dovi is going to be fast this weekend. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, as we’ll keep the same mentality as always and keep working. We need to adjust many details, such as acceleration and braking stability. We have margin for improvement.”

Dani Pedrosa

11th Combined (1st in wet FP2) 1'46.568 (FP1) 1'48.136 (wet FP2)

“Today we struggled a bit at the beginning, and we had to work on the bike setup. We were ready to try in the afternoon, but conditions changed with the rain that fell before FP2. We weren’t sure if it was meaningful to ride on a half-and-half track, but in the end I think it was positive because we managed to improve the feeling a little bit. In the final minutes we were also able to do a few laps on slick tyres, and that will allow us to be a bit more prepared in case it rains tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 16   Japan

Free Practice Combined Classification

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'45.358
2 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'45.463 / 0.105
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'45.483 / 0.125
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.498 / 0.140
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'45.640 / 0.282
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'46.030 / 0.672
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'46.210 / 0.852
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1'46.265 / 0.907
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'46.329 / 0.971
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.526 / 1.168
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'46.568 / 1.210
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.854 / 1.496
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'46.856 / 1.498
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'46.859 / 1.501
15 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 15 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'46.872 / 1.514
16 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'46.998 / 1.640
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'47.054 / 1.696
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'47.137 / 1.779
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.187 / 1.829
20 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'47.428 / 2.070
21 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.537 / 2.179
22 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'47.665 / 2.307
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'47.716 / 2.358
24 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'47.726 / 2.368
25 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'47.833 / 2.475
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 43.790s (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)