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Tito Rabat has topped the timesheets following Moto2 FP3 at Motegi, the Spaniard was in imperious form reeling off a number of quick laps and demonstrating intimidating race pace. He will however be in for a stern challenge as he finished the session ahead of both Tom Luthi and Johann Zarco by less than a tenth of a second. Maverick Vinales also showed consistent race pace and took fourth spot a tenth further back while Mika Kallio could only manage fifth place and has some work to do match Rabat's consistency.
There was an almost half second gap from Kallio to Julian Simon in sixth who was the best of the second bunch of riders, Simon is also rumored to have signed a contract with QMMF racing for 2015 after losing his seat at Italtrans racing to Kallio. Simon edged out Jonas Folger and Franco Morbidelli while Sandro Cortese and Jordi Torres rounded out the top ten. In further silly season gossip it is believed that Torres is bound for the World Superbike Championship next season with the withdrawal of he Aspar Moto2 team and after failing to replicate his race winning form of 2013.
Championship leader Marc Marquez has topped a frantic MotoGP FP3 session as riders clambered for a direct route to this afternoons Q2 in a chaotic final few minutes. Marquez encountered technical problems in the opening stages of the session which were later identified as a new engine acting 'strangely'. In familiar style he didn't let the disruption effect him, he jumped on his second bike and went on to set the fastest ever MotoGP lap at the Motegi circuit, almost exactly one second quicker than his best Friday time. Andrea Dovizioso's quick lap from Friday was enough for him to take second place in combined times for Q1 qualification, while compatriot Valentino Rossi finished second in the session and completed the top three in combined times.
Under glorious morning sunshine Jack Miller has responded to a disappointing Friday performance to top the opening Moto3 practice session at Motegi. The Australian's time of 1:57.072 was over a second quicker than Danny Kent's standing lap record and three tenths quicker than the Briton's benchmark time from yesterday. Kent continued his strong showing however to finish the session less than a tenth behind Miller in second as Isaac Vinales took third position a further tenth behind.
Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira also continued his positive weekend form to take fourth spot ahead of Championship contender Alex Rins and fellow Mahindra rider Brad Binder. Zulfahmi Khairuddin made a welcome return to the top ten ahead of Spaniard Efren Vazquez while Jakub Kornfeil and Juanfran Guevara claimed ninth and tenth places respectively. It was an incident packed session and Championship leader Alex Marquez suffered a nasty high side early on, he never quite regained his confidence and had to settle for 17th place. He will look to regroup ahead of qualifying later today.
Tito Rabat put on a fearsome display of fast riding on Friday afternoon at Motegi, completely dominating the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class. Rabat topped the timesheets almost from the off, ending FP2 with an advantage of a third of a second, and close to the outright lap record at the circuit. Johann Zarco eventually took 2nd spot, closing the gap with a very fast lap at the end of practice, and nudging Maverick Viñales back into 3rd spot. Domi Aegerter took 4th, while Julian Simon had a strong outing to end FP2 in 5gh, just ahead of Tom Luthi and Mika Kallio. Kallio has some pace to find if he is to cut the points advantage of his Marc VDS Racing teammate Rabat.
Andrea Dovizioso has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Motegi. The factory Ducati man took advantage of the extra soft tire the Italian factory is allowed to use to slash half a second off his time and depose Jorge Lorenzo from top spot, bumping the Movistar Yamaha rider into 2nd. Despite his fastest time coming with the softer rubber, Dovizioso was also quick on the soft tire, the harder of the two options have at their disposal, spending much of the day in the top four spots.
Lorenzo ended the day in 2nd, and is clearly heartened by his win last time out at Aragon. The Movistar Yamaha man was quick throughout the session, only losing out to the extra soft tire of Dovizioso at the end. Stefan Bradl picked up the pace at the end of the session to put the LCR Honda up into 3rd, just nipping ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda. Pedrosa, in turn, held off Valentino Rossi, the Movistar Yamaha man managing his fractured right injured finger fine, and lapping quickly to finish 5th.
Danny Kent has topped both sessions of free practice for the Moto3 class at Motegi, leading the way on the Husqvarna in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Kent held off a late challenge from Alex Rins, the Honda rider having been quick throughout the session. Miguel Oliveira took 3rd spot on the factory Mahindra, making it three different manufacturers in the top three, with Brad Binder confirming the strong form of the Indian manufacturer in 4th.
Title contenders Alex Marquez and Jack Miller had a much tougher day of it. Marquez ended the day in 7th, half a second behind Kent and Marquez' Estrella Galicia teammate Alex Rins, while Jack Miller struggled to 13th, nearly three quarters of a second off the pace of Kent. It was not for want of trying, Miller running off the track on corner exit several times through the session.
The track dried out enough for slick tyres and the fog had lifted enough for the slightly delayed twenty-lap race to start.
A dry line was starting to form by the time the MotoGP bikes started their warm up session. Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets using the hard option wet tires, the rest of the field remaining with the softer wets. Hiroshi Aoyama set the second fastest time, finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The weather at Alcañiz remains unstable, with a chance of rain, though the fog is starting to lift. Conditions for the race are impossible to predict at the moment.
Heavy fog delayed the start of the Moto3 warm up session by nearly an hour. That has pushed the entire warm up schedule back, though the races should start very close to the normal schedule. The track is soaking from overnight rain, with more rain on the way.