Dani Pedrosa Fractures Collarbone, Out for Flyaways

Dani Pedrosa has suffered more bad luck at Motegi. For the second time in his career, he has crashed there and broken a collarbone.

The Repsol Honda rider suffered a huge highside at the end of the afternoon FP2 session, being flung high into the air at Turn 11. The Spaniard immediate got up holding his collarbone, and was taken on the back of a scooter to the medical center. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone.

2016 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Tops Incident-Packed Session

Jorge Lorenzo ended the second session of practice at Motegi. The Movistar Yamaha rider jumped to the top of the timesheet at the very end of the session, as the riders all jostled for a shot at Q2.

Fastest man in the morning Andrea Dovizioso could not quite match Lorenzo's pace, the factory Ducati rider jumping up to 2nd, and just nudging Suzuki's Maverick Viñales into 3rd. Marc Marquez could not improve beyond 4th, his final run disturbed by a very low speed lowside at Turn 10.

2016 Motegi MotoGP Preview: Punishing Schedules, Punishing Braking, and Winner #9?

MotoGP is about to enter the toughest stretch of the season. Three races on three consecutive weekends is tough enough. But three races separated by three, seven plus hour flights, kicking off with a race in a time zone seven hours ahead of the place most riders live. So riders, mechanics and team staff all start off a triple header struggling with jet lag and facing a grueling schedule.

And they are thrown in the deep end from the very start. Only the MotoGP riders can afford to stay at the Twin Ring circuit near Motegi. Most of the team staff stay in Mito, an hour's drive from the track, meaning they have to travel for two hours a day. Up in the hills in the middle of Japan's main island, and sufficiently far north for temperatures to drop in the fall, Motegi is notorious for poor weather. It is usually cold, often damp, and sometimes ravaged by typhoons.

2016 Motegi MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and Michelin ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix:

Repsol Honda Team head home to Japan

Fresh from back-to-back wins with Dani Pedrosa at Misano and Marc Marquez at Aragón, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Motegi for the first of three fly-away races, on a trip that will also bring them to Australia and Malaysia.

2016 Motegi Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Preview press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix:

Red Bull KTM Ajo begin flyaway rounds with Moto3 title in hand

Following Brad Binder's Moto3 World Championship coronation at Aragon, he takes on the Japanese GP in the first of three consecutive rounds outside of Europe. Bo Bendsneyder looks to adapt to an unfamiliar track.

10/12/2016 - Twin Ring Motegi, Japan