The free practice of the Grand Prix of Japan ended with the seventh time recorded by Jack Miller – who set the Top Speed (311.2 km/h) – and the fourteenth position of Francesco Bagnaia who lapped for the first time in MotoGP on the circuit of Motegi finding good confidence in the FP2.
FP1 (Practice Conditions: Dry. Air 18°. Ground 22°)
P7 Jack Miller (1’46.197, +0.625 from P1)
Jack started well and led the FP1 in the early laps, then conquering a precious 7th place, just two-tenths of a second from the hypothetical front row.
P20 Francesco Bagnaia (1’47.496, +1.207 from Top 10, +1.924 from P1)
Pecco could not find confidence, especially in the T4. The Italian worked on the race pace postponing to FP2 his time attack attempt.
FP2 (Practice Conditions: Dry. Air 18°. Ground 22°)
P7 Jack Miller (1’45.577, +0.813 from P1)
Jack secured the direct qualifying to Q2 in case of rain tomorrow. A crash at the end of the session did not compromise the Australian’s positive Friday.
P14 Francesco Bagnaia (1’46.330, +0.609 from Top 10, +1.566 from P1)
Pecco made significant progress on the race pace and in the time attack lowered by more than a second his best lap time set in the morning, also reducing the gap with the Top 10.