Aprilia's Stefan Bradl narrowly missed the chance to progress to Q2 after an excellent effort on the RS-GP at Motegi.

The German rider was only 173 thousandths of a second short of the Q2 mark, losing out to Scott Redding on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda, who made it through with Suzuki's Maverick Vinales.

"Making it into Q2 today would have been a fantastic result. We came close and we can be pleased with the job we did," Bradl said.

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"Not only because of the excellent lap in Q1, but also because in the last free practice session we achieved an excellent race pace.

"This morning we worked a lot with used tyres in an effort to solve the problems that have slowed us down lately in the race finale because of a lack of grip," he added.

"In the afternoon we managed to find some good solutions, even working on the suspension, so I hope that tomorrow we'll have good weather to be able to ride a good race and earn some points."