Press releases from the teams after qualifying at Motegi:
Brad Binder took advantage of perfect conditions -- and a lack of crashing -- to top the timesheet on FP3 at the Motegi Circuit in Japan Saturday. Binder’s 1'56.651 -- nearly a lap record -- put him two-tenths clear of the second-fastest rider Jorge Navarro, winner of the Aragon race. Fabio Quartararo continued his improved form for third fastest, three-tenths off the top pace. Andrea Migno and Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top five.
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
MotoGP is suddenly all afroth about rudeness and lewdness; but does it really matter?
Next week the MotoGP circus heads to Japan, possibly the politest nation on earth, so this may be a good time to investigate MotoGP’s new penalties created to stop riders being rude to each other.
In fact, there’s no specific new rule that punishes riders for making obscene gestures, but there’s a catch-all in the disciplinary code of the MotoGP regulations.
The 2017 season is starting to take shape. After the announcement of the provisional 2017 MotoGP calendar in the run up to Aragon, Dorna published the schedule of official tests for the 2017 preseason. Like the race calendar, the test calendar looks remarkably similar to last year.
Testing kicks off after the final race of 2016 in Valencia, and as last year, the riders get a day off between the race and the test, with the bikes taking to the track on Tuesday. Up until last year, the test had always started on the Monday after the race, but that was changed last year, with the explanation that the teams needed an extra day of preparation to get the bikes set up with the Michelin tires and spec electronics.
No major technical rules are to change for 2017 (with the exception of the banning of winglets), but the extra day of rest is to be maintained. Teams felt that the quality of feedback on Monday was often poor, with riders having spent all their energy in the last race of the year, the effort of the season just past catching up with them. A day off to recover, both physically and mentally, should allow the riders to focus more during the two-day test, and provide better feedback.