Jack Miller has once again closed a practice session with the best time in the table. The Australian rider, who acknowledged being delighted with the return of the Asian tour to the MotoGP calendar, was the fastest in FP1 at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The weekend format is slightly different than usual, as FP4 is dropped . To compensate for the lack of time, FP1 (held on Friday) and FP2 (held on Saturday) have a longer duration; Specifically, an hour and a quarter.
Miller was favorable to the change , and admits that he “liked it”. “It was a good day. I liked having a longer practice session, because it gave me time to do a lot of things. We were able to make changes and go out on the track to test it. Basically, we were able to focus on improving the bike and the pace without having to be constantly looking at how much time is left.
The Ducati rider also said he was happy with the state of the asphalt, until now in doubt after the MotoGPs had not set foot on the Motegi track since 2019. “I have enjoyed practice, the track is in good condition and the team is working well. The weather could have been a bit better, but we will try to improve tomorrow.”
He also commented with the press on the benefits of the device that regulates the height of the rear of the motorcycle during the lap; a solution that “was invented for sites like this”. “Acceleration is much better,” he explained, and that helps on a circuit plagued by slow corners following long straights.
Although Jack goes to sleep with the best time, the truth is that the classification is very tight , with the top ten separated by less than three tenths of a second. Likewise, the weather forecast threatens with rain for the rest of the weekend, which could distort the results seen on Friday.
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