Stefan Bradl encountered no issues using the larger carbon brake discs, compulsory at Motegi, as the German rider finished the first free practice sessions as the top Honda in third.

Bradl's time of 1m 45.637s put him 0.090s ahead of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa as the LCR rider finished just under half a second behind Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

"From the morning to the afternoon we were able to improve my rear traction which is quite important here. Also we find a good setting to be late on the brakes and have a good corner speed, so overall the bike seems to be working really good and I'm happy with the opening day here," Bradl said.

"It isn't the first time that I've used the bigger brake discs, I'd already use them in Barcelona. For me they are really good. I didn't have any problem with stopping performance."

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Bradl has defined a clear direction with the set-up of his RCV and is more than happy with his pace during both the morning and afternoon sessions at the Japanese circuit.

"We are quite satisfied because we have been very fast for the whole day and third place in the last free practice is quite good. Our pace shows that we have a good speed and we have been clear and immediate in taking decisions on our bike set-up," he said.

"We took the right direction easily and now we have to keep an eye at the weather tomorrow to see if it's getting cooler. But overall I am pleased with the job we have done today."

This weekend marks Bradl's final Japanese Grand Prix as a Honda rider, the former Moto2 champion switching to Forward Yamaha for 2015.