Motegi MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso puts Ducati on top on Friday

Andrea Dovizioso put Ducati on top at the end of MotoGP Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi

Motegi MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso puts Ducati on top on Friday

Dovizioso used the extra-soft tyre available to Ducati to put in a 1m45.140s lap late in the afternoon session.

That upstaged morning pacesetter and previous practice two leader Jorge Lorenzo by 0.440 seconds.

The same margin almost covered the next eight bikes, with Lorenzo's Yamaha 0.057s ahead of Stefan Bradl's third-placed LCR Honda.

Championship leader Marc Marquez had another tough session after his morning crash, coping with several unsteady moments on his way to sixth, behind Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the second Yamaha of Valentino Rossi.

Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith took seventh and eighth, while Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10.

Crutchlow is yet to secure his place in Q2 despite that result, as Yonny Hernandez's rapid practice one time is currently sufficient to take him straight through to final qualifying.

Aragon podium finisher Aleix Espargaro is another rider who will have to improve on Saturday morning to avoid having to go through Q1. The Forward rider was only 13th on Friday afternoon.

Local rider Hiroshi Aoyama had the only crash of practice two, falling at the first corner late on.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m45.140s -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.580s 0.440s
3 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m45.637s 0.497s
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m45.727s 0.587s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m45.890s 0.750s
6 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m45.939s 0.799s
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m46.041s 0.901s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m46.105s 0.965s
9 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 1m46.107s 0.967s
10 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Ducati 1m46.221s 1.081s
11 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Racing Honda 1m46.227s 1.087s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m46.297s 1.157s
13 Aleix Espargaro Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m46.315s 1.175s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m46.571s 1.431s
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m47.133s 1.993s
16 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.180s 2.040s
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 1m47.406s 2.266s
18 Alex de Angelis Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m47.513s 2.373s
19 Scott Redding Gresini Racing Honda 1m47.586s 2.446s
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m47.975s 2.835s
21 Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m48.264s 3.124s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 1m49.105s 3.965s
23 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m49.159s 4.019s
24 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m49.321s 4.181s


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