Lorenzo Leads at Motegi Despite Injury


Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix despite a shoulder injury. The Spaniard sustained the injury in training earlier this week and showed signs of discomfort during the morning session but that didn’t appear to slow him down once he stepped on his Yamaha.

First practice was dominated by Lorenzo who was quickest from start to finish, despite noticeable grimaces when he returned to the garage. Jorge was quickest by four tenths of a second from Andrea Iannone and immediately following the lunch break, he resumed his dominance of proceedings.

After taking top spot six minutes into FP2, Lorenzo looked set to complete a clean sweep of Friday’s sessions but Bradley Smith had other ideas, edging ahead with four minutes to go on a 1:45.358. Predictably though, Lorenzo would have the last word and the in-form championship challenger broke straight into the 1:44s to take the honours on day one.

Dani Pedrosa showed signs that his Aragon form may not have been a one-off, going second fastest on a 1:44.859, while Iannone rounded off an impressive first day in third, just ahead of Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Smith was relegated to fifth as the times tumbled while Aleix Espargaro leapt up to sixth on the Suzuki.

Marc Marquez, another rider carrying an injury into this weekend, could only manage seventh, while championship leader Valentino Rossi faces another Saturday playing catch-up after ending the day in eighth. Pol Espargaro and Hector Barbera will begin FP3 in possession of the final two Q2 spots but British duo Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding are ready to pounce in eleventh and twelfth respectively.

 

2015 MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN: FRIDAY PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:44.731
226. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:44.859
329. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:45.043
44. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:45.059
538. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:45.250
641. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:45.348
793. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:45.492
846. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:45.554
944. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:45.597
108. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:45.645
1135. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:45.846
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:46.074
136. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:46.371
1425. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:46.464
1543. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda1:46.477
1668. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:46.563
179. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:46.648
1872. Takumi TakahashiHondaTeam HRC with Nissin1:46.650
1950. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:46.770
2069. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:46.827
2163. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:46.934
2219. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:46.974
2321. Katsuyuki NakasugaYamahaYamaha Factory Racing Team1:47.096
2476. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:47.219
2524. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:47.626
2615. Alex de AngelisARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team1:48.572
2764. Kousuke AkiyoshiHondaAB Motoracing1:48.769