Quartararo moves to the top during Friday afternoon 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 (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*1'44.764s18/19303k
2˅1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.321s16/18306k
3^1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.336s17/17309k
4^4Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)+0.650s18/19309k
5^7Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.702s17/17305k
6˅3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.798s19/20303k
7=Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.813s15/15311k
8^5Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)+0.855s17/18309k
9˅3Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*+0.877s20/20309k
10^1Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.957s14/15307k
11˅6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.966s17/18309k
12˅2Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.040s17/17309k
13˅4Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.256s16/17310k
14^6Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+1.566s17/18309k
15=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.793s12/15304k
16^2Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.812s16/17307k
17^2Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.897s13/17306k
18˅1Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.036s15/16305k
19^2Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+2.039s17/17308k
20˅6Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.205s14/15303k
21^1Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+2.394s19/19308k
22˅6Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+2.548s18/18307k
23=Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+3.210s17/17303k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.

* Rookie.

Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*
2Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda (RC213V)
4Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)
5Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
6Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)
8Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*
10Aleix EspargaroESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)

Fastest FP1 Time:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 45.572s.

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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