Fabio Quartararo finishes Friday on top in Japan

2019 MotoGP Round 16

Motegi Friday Practices


Riders were very keen to get a quick lap down this afternoon when FP2 got underway at Motegi just after 1700 Friday afternoon Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

The reasons for their haste were dropping track temperatures combined with looming rain clouds, and when it rains at Motegi, it really rains! The forecast for tomorrow is not all that friendly, so there is a fair chance that riders will not manage to improve on their times tomorrow which is what makes today so crucial. 

It had been a Yamaha 1-2-3 in FP1 led by Maverick Vinales but the Yamaha men were not in any hurry to improve on their markers until late in the session when Vinales went under the lap record to lower the benchmark further to 1m45.085s. 

There were red sectors appearing everywhere in the dying seconds of the session and the first man to displace Vinales was none other than French rookie Fabio Quartararo, a 1m44.764s putting him top of the pops before he then ran off into the gravel trap. 

Marc Marquez had to settle for third quickest ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. 

Jack Miller went down as the chequered flag came out but had earlier registered a 1m45.577s which looked safe enough to see him through to Q2 if it rains tomorrow morning. 

Rossi dropped in a last gasp 1m45.466s when it counted to take him from zero to almost hero which shuffled Miller down to seventh but the Australian remained in front of Danilo Petrucci. 

Miguel Oliveira had gone down pretty hard with 25-minutes remaining in the 45-minute sessions. It was an ugly tumble for the 24-year-old through the kitty litter who was already coming into this weekend still carrying prior injuries.

MotoGP FP2 Results

  1. Fabio Quartararo – Yamaha 1m44.764s
  2. Maverick Vinales – Yamaha 1m45.085s
  3. Marc Marquez – Honda 1m45.100s
  4. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati 1m45.414s
  5. Valentino Rossi – Yamaha 1m45.466s
  6. Franco Morbidelli – Yamaha 1m45.562s
  7. Jack Miller – Ducati 1m45.577s
  8. Danilo Petrucci – Ducati 1m45.619s
  9. Joan Mir – Suzuki 1m45.641s
  10. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia 1m45.721s
  11. Alex Rins – Suzuki 1m45.730s
  12. Cal Crutchlow – Honda 1m45.804s
  13. Pol Espargaro – KTM 1m46.020s
  14. Franceso Bagnaia – Ducati 1m46.330s
  15. Takaaki Nakagami – Honda 1m46.557s
  16. Karel Abraham – Ducati 1m46.576s
  17. Jorge Lorenzo – Honda 1m46.661s
  18. Andrea Iannone – Aprilia 1m46.745s
  19. Miguel Oliveira – KTM 1m46.800s
  20. Sylvain Guintoli – Suzuki 1m46.803s
  21. Mika Kallio – KTM 1m46.898s
  22. Tito Rabat – Ducati 1m47.158
  23. Hafizh Syahrin – KTM 1m47.974s

MotoGP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 325
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 215
3 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 167
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 163
5 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 162
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 145
7 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 143
8 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 119
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 102
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 90
11 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 80
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 74
13 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 58
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 46
15 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati ITA 34
16 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia ITA 33
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 29
18 Johann ZARCO KTM FRA 27
19 Jorge LORENZO Honda SPA 23
20 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 18
21 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 16
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 9
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA 7
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM MAL 7
25 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 5

Source: MCNews.com.au

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