Dani Pedrosa was once again the fastest man on Saturday morning at Motegi, taking control at the halfway mark and posting a time a quarter of a second under the race lap record. Jorge Lorenzo took 2nd spot once again, also under the lap record but only by a few thousandths of a second. Behind Lorenzo came his Factory Yamaha teammate Ben Spies, the Texan having picked up the pace once he had a chance to use the soft tire. Andrea Dovizioso made it three Yamahas in the top four, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man just behind Spies.
There is little that motorcycle racing fans love more than a good conspiracy. No mishap, contract dispute, or rider swap is ever the result of chance, error, greed or incompetence; there are always darker and greater powers involved, be it Dorna, Honda, or a major sponsor. They do not let the fact that their theories bear little resemblance to reality in 99.999% of the cases spoil the fun, and rightly so, moving happily on to the next dark conspiracy.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier after the first day of practice at Motegi:
Dovizioso makes impressive start in Yamaha's home race
Andrea Dovizioso made a flying start to Yamaha's all-important home race in Japan today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider finishing third fastest in both practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi.
With the stop and go nature of the 2.983 miles circuit perfectly suited to Dovizioso's hard braking style, he wasted no time in showing his potential in gloriously sunny conditions this morning.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Motegi:
JONAS FOLGER SETS EARLY PACE AT MOTEGI
MAPFRE Aspar rider quickest in opening free practice and seventh overall with Luca Amato 30th
After ceding top spot to Jorge Lorenzo on Friday morning at Motegi, Dani Pedrosa took back control of the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, ending the day atop the timesheets and already under lap record pace. Pedrosa deposed Jorge Lorenzo from top spot, the Factory Yamaha man once again fast, but still a tenth slower than the Repsol Honda rider. Andrea Dovozioso continued his strong weekend by taking 3rd, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man ending the day under a tenth behind Lorenzo and two tenths behind Pedrosa.
Jorge Lorenzo got the weekend of the Japanese Grand Prix off to a good start, topping the timesheet in the first session of MotoGP free practice under clear and sunny skies. His rival for the title Dani Pedrosa took 2nd, just over a tenth behind the Factory Yamaha man and ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Andrea Dovizioso, a man with an outstanding record at Motegi.
The press conference room at the Motegi circuit was a busy place on Thursday. The assembled press filed in twice during the afternoon, once to hear the head of Dorna talk about the long-term future of both motorcycle racing world championship series, and then again to hear five world champions talk about this weekend's racing. There was much to digest.
The repercussions of Bridgepoint's decision to hand control of the World Superbike series to Dorna are just starting to become clear, as each of the protagonists get to explain their side of the story. After Paolo Flammini spoke to the media at the final World Superbike round of the year at Magny-Cours, at Motegi, it was the turn of Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to face the press.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi:
Yamaha Touch Down in Japan for Motegi