Crutchlow heads Qualifying 1 for the Japanese MotoGP, which saw riders running slicks on the damp track.

The top two now progress to the Q2 pole position shootout, where they will join the ten fastest riders after third practice. The others will start, in the following order, from 13th on the grid onwards…

Guintoli is making his latest Suzuki wild-card appearance, but was disqualified from the Friday results due to use of a 2020 engine spec.

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.

Rabat was absent after injuring his wrist this morning.

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Japanese MotoGP - Qualifying (1) Results
PosRiderNatTeam
1Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)
4Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*
5Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
6Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
7Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)
8Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*
10Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)
11Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
12Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)

* Rookie.

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