Pedrosa fastest during a damp Free Practice 2 for the Japanese MotoGP, light rain arriving after a dry morning session at Motegi.

The fastest FP2 times were set by those that made a change from wet to slick tyres in the final minutes. However the FP1 laps remained the best of the day, with Pedrosa outside the top ten.

Dovizioso stayed quickest overall, despite the Italian and world championship leader Marquez being among those not to set a time in FP2.

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Jorge Lorenzo had made a brief return to action in FP1, but struggled with the wrist injury from Thailand and has withdrawn from the rest of the weekend.

Marquez currently has a 77-point lead over Dovizioso and 99-point lead over Rossi. If the Honda rider has a championship lead of at least 75-points after Sunday's race, he will claim his fifth MotoGP title with three rounds still to go.

Sylvain Guintoli and Katsuyuki Nakasuga are making their latest wild-card appearances for Suzuki and Yamaha respectively.

Tito Rabat is still recovering from leg fractures at Silverstone and again replaced by WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres. Torres has the GP16 machines of Simeon, who is on Rabat's GP17s.

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  1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.136s [Lap 12/12] 304km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 48.635s +0.499s [6/6] 298k
  3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 48.939s +0.803s [3/3] 304k
  4. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 49.022s +0.886s [6/7] 302k
  5. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 49.133s +0.997s [16/16] 301k
  6. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 49.387s +1.251s [9/9] 298k
  7. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 49.573s +1.437s [4/4] 296k
  8. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP17)* 1m 50.154s +2.018s [13/13] 295k
  9. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 50.482s +2.346s [9/10] 298k
  10. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 50.578s +2.442s [7/7] 302k
  11. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 50.694s +2.558s [12/12] 299k
  12. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 1m 51.652s +3.516s [3/3] 299k
  13. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 53.586s +5.450s [8/9] 300k
  14. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.078s +5.942s [14/14] 295k
  15. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.133s +5.997s [15/18] 295k
  16. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 54.758s +6.622s [17/17] 295k
  17. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 57.297s +9.161s [8/10] 293k
  18. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 58.255s +10.119s [3/5] 285k
  19. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) No Time
  20. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) No Time
  21. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) No Time
  22. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) No Time
  23. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) No Time
  24. Jordi Torres SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) No Time
  25. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) No Time

Top 10 Riders on Combined Times (all set in FP1):

  1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18)
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  3. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)
  4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  5. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  6. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17)
  8. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17)
  9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)

Fastest FP1 time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 45.358s

Official Motegi MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 43.790s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 45.350s (2015)

By Peter McLaren