A wet session - delayed due to standing water - which meant no changes to the top ten riders receiving direct access to the second and final part of today's qualifying.

Miller had a technical problem that kept him in the pits for much of the session.

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.

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Japanese MotoGP - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)1'54.710s15/15300k
2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.174s8/16299k
3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.465s18/19294k
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.748s18/19295k
5Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.880s9/15298k
6Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)+1.012s12/18303k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.086s18/18298k
8Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*+1.101s18/19293k
9Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.114s12/14294k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.150s18/19294k
11Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*+1.262s18/18300k
12Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.520s14/18292k
13Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.533s19/19295k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.687s12/14293k
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.827s17/18294k
16Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+2.099s15/17298k
17Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.102s18/18293k
18Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+2.130s7/9299k
19Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+2.466s18/19301k
20Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.516s13/16294k
21Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.845s13/18293k
22Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+2.895s15/15295k
23Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+3.911s12/17296k

* Rookie.

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - 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 Friday Time:

Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 44.764s

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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