Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo tops second practice, Rossi eighth

Jorge Lorenzo kept up the pace at Motegi in the second Japanese GP practice session, with Yamaha teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi languishing back in eighth.

Lorenzo is 14 points behind Rossi following his recent dominant Aragon victory, with only four races remaining. But Lorenzo is suffering from a sprained shoulder, incurred after he fell of a minibike at a barbecue last weekend.

Story of the session

Ducati's Andrea Iannone set the first representative laptime of the session, a 1m46.226s, with Honda's Marc Marquez (suffering a broken finger on his left hand) the first under the 1m46s barrier, with 1m45.826s before the second Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso popped in 1m46.680s.

Lorenzo went to the top on 1m45.619s, with Marquez improving to third and Rossi moving up to fourth on 1m45.780s.

Lorenzo’s pace was relentless, improving to 1m45.535s and then 1m45.426s, with Iannone right behind on 1m45.586s. Marquez intersected them in P2 on 1m45.529s, the top three covered by 0.16s at this point, with Dovizioso a quarter of a second off after the first runs and Rossi down in fifth.

On the second runs, Dovizioso was one of the few to improve his time, first to 1m45.630s and then 1m45.624s, but stayed in fourth.

Rossi tried the soft rear for his final run, having dropped to 0.354s off Lorenzo’s pace. He fractionally improved to 1m45.771s, then 1m45.692s, but remained fifth.

Tech 3's Bradley Smith then jumped to the top of the timesheets on 1m45.358s on his Yamaha with less than five minutes remaining, then set a 1m45.250s. Lorenzo responded with his sensational 1m44.731s, which would prove to be the fastest time of the session.

Dovizioso went second on 1m45.099s and a flurry of fast times at the end of the session saw Rossi relegated to 10th. Pedrosa leapt to second on 1m44.859s, with Iannone P3 on 1m45.043s.

Dovizioso managed a 1m45.059s for fourth, with Smith in fifth ahead of the leading Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro.

Rossi rose to eighth on his final lap, just behind Marquez, but worryingly for him ended the session 0.8s off Lorenzo.

In a session with few incidents, Loris Baz crashed at Turn 11, as did Yamaha wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga late on.

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGap
1
Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 1:44.731  
2 Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:44.859 +0.128
3 Andrea Iannone  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:45.043 +0.312
4 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:45.059 +0.328
5 Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.250 +0.519
6 Aleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:45.348 +0.617
7 Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:45.492 +0.761
8 Valentino Rossi  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.554 +0.823
9 Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.597 +0.866
10 Hector Barbera  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:45.645 +0.914
11 Cal Crutchlow  CWM LCR Honda Honda RC213V 1:45.846 +1.115
12 Scott Redding  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:46.074 +1.343
13 Maverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:46.464 +1.733
14 Jack Miller  CWM LCR Honda Honda 1:46.477 +1.746
15 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:46.563 +1.832
16 Danilo Petrucci  Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:46.648 +1.917
17 Stefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.649 +1.918
18 Takumi Takahashi Team HRC with NISSIN Honda RC213V 1:46.650 +1.919
19 Eugene Laverty  Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 1:46.770 +2.039
20 Nicky Hayden  Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 1:46.827 +2.096
21 Mike di Meglio  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:46.934 +2.203
22 Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.974 +2.243
23 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha YZR-M1 1:47.096 +2.365
24 Loris Baz  Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1:47.219 +2.488
25 Toni Elias  Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1:47.689 +2.958
26 Alex de Angelis  Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1:48.572 +3.841
27 Kousuke Akiyoshi AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS 1:48.769 +4.038

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Series MotoGP
Event Japanese GP
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Twin Ring Motegi
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Andrea Iannone
Article type Practice report