MotoGP: Miller leads Ducati 1-2 on Day 1 at Motegi

Jack Miller has set the pace in a Ducati Lenovo Team one-two in an extended opening practice session for the MotoGP field at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

The Australian set a 1m44.509s time during his late time attack run at Mobility Resort Motegi to finish FP1 0.028 seconds ahead of teammate Francesco Bagnaia.

However, the man who still leads the title race, Fabio Quartararo took third and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), a close third in the points, was fourth on the opening day in Japan.

Aragon GP winner Enea Bastianini, on the other hand, was just 14th-fastest after a late crash.

One pilot who has lots of miles around Motegi, although relatively few in MotoGP in recent years, is a certain Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez

At his constructors’ own track, the Repsol Honda Team rider claimed sixth with a 1:44.656 after being the initial pace-setter in the session.

It was an encouraging result for the eight-time World Champion despite displaying obvious shoulder soreness when he got off his RC213V at the end of one run, in what is his second round back following surgery on his right arm.

Friday Practice Results

Pos Rider Bike Time Behind Gap
1 Jack Miller Ducati 1m44.509s 0.000s 0.000s
2 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1m44.537s 0.028 0.028
3 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1m44.558s 0.049 0.021
4 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m44.577s 0.068 0.019
5 Luca Marini Ducati 1m44.645s 0.136 0.068
6 Marc Marquez Honda 1m44.656s 0.147 0.011
7 Pol Espargaro Honda 1m44.678s 0.169 0.022
8 Brad Binder KTM 1m44.735s 0.226 0.057
9 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1m44.743s 0.234 0.008
10 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1m44.797s 0.288 0.054
11 Johann Zarco Ducati 1m44.798s 0.289 0.001
12 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1m44.886s 0.377 0.088
13 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m44.913s 0.404 0.027
14 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1m44.978s 0.469 0.065
15 Jorge Martin Ducati 1m45.009s 0.500 0.031
16 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1m45.065s 0.556 0.056
17 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1m45.187s 0.678 0.122
18 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1m45.366s 0.857 0.179
19 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1m45.426s 0.917 0.060
20 Alex Marquez Honda 1m45.600s 1.091 0.174
21 Raúl Fernández KTM 1m45.739s 1.230 0.139
22 Tetsuta Nagashima Honda 1m45.845s 1.336 0.106
23 Remy Gardner KTM 1m45.991s 1.482 0.146
24 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1m46.365s 1.856 0.374
25 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1m46.718s 2.209 0.353