Eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez finished a consistent first day in Japan as the third fastest rider as Jorge Lorenzo made a step forward.

Cool conditions on Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit didn’t deter the local fans who filtered into the track from early in the morning.  A track temperature of 21°C kept riders some distance from the outright lap record in Japan but potential rain on Saturday meant they still had to push hard for a Q2 spot in the closing moments of Free Practice 2.

Fresh from being crowned the 2019 MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez showed no signs of relenting his fearsome work ethic. Working towards Sunday’s 24-lap race, Marquez was fourth in Free Practice 1 and improved his time by just under a second to go third on the combined time sheets. The World Champion is not resting on his laurels and is determined to find more speed on Saturday, whatever the conditions.

Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a positive day aboard the Repsol Honda Team RC213V in Japan, spending the majority of it running inside the top 15 and cutting the gap to the top ten to just a few tenths. Ultimately ending the day in 17th, the five-time World Champion was unable to take full advantage of fresh tyres in the afternoon’s conditions. Continuing to close the gap to the front remains Lorenzo’s objective for the weekend after Friday’s positive start.

Action is scheduled to resume at 10:50 Local Time on Saturday with Free Practice 3, the session later in the day than usual due to Japan’s unique schedule.

Marc Marquez

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It’s nice to be on the bike again after Thailand! Today was not the best day for us because we missed a few things and it wasn’t our best FP2 of the year but still we are in a good position and close. At the moment we’re focusing on the race weekend and understanding a couple of ideas we have had with the geometry. We still need to understand the tyres a bit more so hopefully the weather will be OK tomorrow.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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Today was a positive day, maybe my best practice since I returned from injury. We changed something on the bike from earlier in the season and we had a good day. I improved my feeling and my speed; it wasn’t a full second improvement, but I felt better and could see the improvements on track. Our final position isn’t perfect because I couldn’t take the most from a new tyre like other riders but our pace is closer to the front.

Repsol Honda Team
Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

MotoGP 2019, Round 16

Cloudy / 18
Friday 18 Oct 2019, 08:27 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'44.764
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.321
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.336
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.650
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.702
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.798
7 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.813
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.855
9 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.877
10 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.957
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.966
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.040
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.256
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.566
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.793
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.812
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.897
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.981
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.036
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +2.039
21 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.134
22 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.394
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.210
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 325 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 215 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 167 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 163 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 162 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 145 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 143 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 119 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 102 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 90 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 80 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 58 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 46 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 34 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 29 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 7 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati