All free practice sessions were cancelled due to visibility problems grounding the medial helicopters. The extended qualifying session - of 1hr 15mins, with a traditional rather than knock-out format - was thus the very first MotoGP action of the weekend.

Qualifying was held in fully wet conditions.

A 50-minute free practice session will take place on Sunday morning, instead of the usual warm-up, followed by the race in the afternoon.

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Yonny Hernandez continues to replace Ben Spies at Pramac Ducati, with Damian Cudlin taking over from Hernandez at PBM and World Supersport-ace Scassa replacing the injured Karel Abraham at Cardion AB.

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1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 53.471s (Lap 24/25)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.129s (26/27)
3. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 54.539s (26/29)
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.542s (20/28)
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 54.732s (28/29)
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 55.036s (25/25)
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 55.135s (24/26)
8. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 55.610s (20/28)
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 55.719s (19/27)
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Ignite Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 55.998s (27/30)
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.058s (23/25)
12. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha YSP Racing Team (YZR-M1) 1m 56.125s (23/25)
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 57.114s (17/23)
14. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 57.297s (25/25)
15. Andrea Iannone ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 57.347s (26/26)
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 57.540s (28/29)
17. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 57.715s (23/24)
18. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 57.994s (22/22)
19. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 58.540s (25/26)
20. Luca Scassa ITA Cardion AB Motoracing (ART CRT) 1m 58.802s (25/25)
21. Claudio Corti ITA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 59.617s (26/26)
22. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 59.646s (25/27)
23. Damian Cudlin AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART CRT)* 2m 0.982s (23/23) DNQ:
Bryan Staring AUS Go&Fun Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 2m 2.712s (25/25)
Lukas Pesek CZE Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 2m 2.932s (20/21)
* Standard ECU.

Official Motegi MotoGP records: Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 44.969s (2012) Fastest race lap: Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda1m 46.090s (2012)

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