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Thomas Luthi just pipped championship leader Johann Zarco to set the fastest time in FP1 Friday at the Motegi curcuit in Japan. With just a handful of minutes to go, Luthi at 1'51.556 clipped Zarco's class-leading time by 12-hundredths of a second. Sandro Cortese grabbed third in the session.
Zarco, who needs onyl three points to clinch the 2015 championship, finished well ahead of his only remaining mathematical rival Tito Rabat, who ended his session early because of injury. After the session, his team decided he will not race at Motegi.
Jorge Lorenzo made it clear he going to help decide the 2015 championship by setting the fastest time in the first free practice at Japan's Motegi circuit. Lorenzo, only 14 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi, ended the clear-weather session fourth-tenths of a second ahead of the field. Andrea Iannone, fighting an injury, took the second-quickest time, closely followed by countryman Rossi.
Bradley Smith got fast late to take fourth with Dani Pedrosa slipping down the order to fifth after holding second for much of the session. Andrea Dovizioso finished sixth, just in front of 2014 champion Marc Marquez, who is hamped by a hand injury.
Niccolo Antonelli started off his weekend in Japan with a bang by setting the fastest time in FP1 Friday at the Motegi circuit. Antonelli’s 1’57.500 put him one-tenth of a second clear of Miguel Oliviera who claimed second-fastest at the Twin Ring. Brad Binder seized the third-fastest time another half a second back from the leader.
Valentino Rossi led the championship by twenty three points going into this race, but the rain his fans were hoping for wouldn't come.
The Moto2 race was a shortened fourteen lap race after the first start was red flagged after Dominique Aegerter required medical attention trackside. Aegerter was ok, but could not get cleared for the restart.
Any track with a long straight and a sweeping corner to the line is going to make for close Moto3 racing.
Marquez was fastest throughout, pulling an extra gap on his final lap. There was a minor incident in pit lane, when Valentino Rossi pulled across Jorge Lorenzo's exit and accidentally blocked his path while they practice wet bike swaps. Lorenzo came in and practiced that swap a second time in the session.
Pole position for Moto2 was decided fairly quickly, with the fight for the other places providing the excitement for the remainder of the session.
Qualifying for the MotoGP at Aragon would, as usual be two sessions, with the top two of the slower group being promoted to the quicker group and having another go. Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci were the two favourites to qualify for promotion.
Jorge Lorenzo calmly dominated the session until Dani Pedrosa sneaked a lap in sixteen thousandths under his best time. Marc Marquez on the other Honda wasn't too far behind, fending off the Ducati pairing of Andreas Iannone and Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi in sixth was testing out the wings on his Yamaha's fairing.
Moto3 FP3 started in gentlemanly fashion, but by the halfway mark riders were already looking around for a tow as the long back straight without a tow will cost you at least three tenths of a second.
Tito Rabat has ended the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class on top of the pile, the reigning world champion just holding off the challenge from a flying Jonas Folger. Alex Rins is a couple of tenths off the pace of Folger in 3rd, and ahead of an impressive Hafizh Syahrin, the Malaysian using Sam Lowes as a tow, and demoting the British rider to 5th.
Jorge Lorenzo's rivals found good turn of speed during FP3 for the MotoGP class, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi all finishing ahead of yesterday's fastest man. Lorenzo did not improve his time on Saturday morning, ending the session in 4th, though his time was very close to that of Pedrosa and Rossi. Lorenzo was clearly working on race pace, also trialling the winglets which the Movistar Yamaha team had used at Misano. Rossi decided against running the winglets, racing with the normal plain fairing.
Andrea Iannoe pushed for a quick lap a the end of the session, taking 5th spot and securing safe passage straight into Q2, as did LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow. Pol Espargaro was the fastest of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders, ending the session ahead of the two Suzukis, Maverick Viñales faster than his teammate Aleix Espargaro. Scott Redding ended FP3 in 10th spot, but his time was not fast enough to secure a slot in Q2, Bradley Smith having already wrapped up his place in Q2 on Friday.