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Warm-up time increased.

As a result of Saturday's qualifying cancellation, due to heavy rain and standing water, Sunday's warm-up session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi has been extended from 20 to 40 minutes for the MotoGP class.

With Friday morning free practice scrapped for 2009, in a bid to reduce costs, the MotoGP field has only had two 45-minute free practice sessions - one in the dry and one in the wet - so far this weekend.

Those free practice sessions have been used to determine grid positions, meaning a front row of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Casey Stoner (Ducati) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

"It's good to have a longer warm up tomorrow morning and I hope the circuit will be dry," said Stoner.

The 125 and 250cc warm-up sessions have also been extended and Sunday morning's revised schedule will see 125cc warm-up from 8.35-9.05am, 250cc from 9.15-9.45am, and MotoGP from 9.55-10.35am (local times).

Sunday afternoon's race will be the 700th in the premier-class.


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