At the end of the first day of practice for the GP of Japan, to be held this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, both Ducati Team riders were classified inside the provisional top 10, with Andrea Dovizioso in fourth position and Danilo Petrucci eighth.
In cloudy conditions but with a dry track surface, all the MotoGP top riders improved their times in the afternoon’s FP2 session to try and qualify inside the top 10 and go directly through into Q2, seeing as tomorrow rain is forecast for the Japanese circuit.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’45.414 (4th)
“Today we immediately started off on the right foot, because our bike works very well at Motegi and it’s always great to be here. We were fast but, as has often happened this year, there are a lot of us with a good pace and so we’ll have to work on the little details to get set up for the race. Unfortunately, this afternoon the air was quite cool and the tyres from this morning didn’t work in the same way, but in any case we’re working well and I believe I have a good margin to improve: I’m very confident for the rest of the weekend.”
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1’45.619 (8th)
“It was a positive day for me: I’ve got a good feeling with the bike and, even though I wasn’t perfect on my fast lap in FP2, I feel really good and I’m happy to have finished inside the top 10, even though it looks like it’s going to rain tomorrow. In any case I think I can also be competitive in the wet and so I’m sure I can do a good qualifying session.”
The Ducati riders will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 19th October, at 10.50 local time (03.50 CET) for the third free practice session, while qualifying will be held immediately after FP4 starting from 15.05 local time (08.05 CET).