Vinales leads a Yamaha top three during opening practice for the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi.

Guintoli is making his latest Suzuki wild-card appearance, while Nakagami is taking part in his final event of the season before undergoing shoulder surgery. He will be replaced at the following 2019 rounds by Johann Zarco.

Rain is a threat during the Japanese weekend, especially on Saturday.

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Japanese MotoGP - Free Practice (1) Results
1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'45.572s20/20307k
2Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*+0.258s18/18303k
3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.411s18/20304k
4Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.463s12/19310k
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.493s17/19310k
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*+0.553s19/20310k
7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.625s15/16311k
8Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)+0.634s20/20311k
9Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.643s14/15310k
10Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.717s17/18309k
11Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.842s13/13308k
12Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.848s18/19303k
13Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)+0.963s18/19309k
14Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.173s16/17304k
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.191s14/19306k
16Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.326s12/14308k
17Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.370s16/18303k
18Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.755s17/18308k
19Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.866s16/17308k
20Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+1.924s18/18308k
21Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+2.181s12/19307k
22Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+2.525s19/20307k
23Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.786s15/17301k

* Rookie.

Official Motegi MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 43.790s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 45.350s (2014)

By Peter McLaren



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