Hot and humid weather and heavier on track traffic greeted Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark in the first of today's two practice sessions. Unfazed by the tropical conditions and the additional bikes on track, the Yamaha trio were all quick to find their rhythm during their 20-minute stints, with their pace and consistency securing them second place on the timesheet with a lap time of 2'07.908.
The three Yamaha riders all completed this afternoon's second hour-long free practice on used tyres and in full race trim, but that didn't stop Nakasuga from improving on the team's best lap from the morning session by over a second, with the Japanese ace the only rider to break the 2'07s barrier today. Nakasuga's lap time of 2'06.798 ensured that the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, who are chasing a fifth consecutive victory at Suzuka this weekend, ended the second day at the top of the timesheet.
The YART Yamaha EWC squad also opted to run in full race trim for both sessions today, with most of their stints completed on used tyres. The only exception was Canepa, who exited pit lane at the start of today's second practice on a set of new tyres. The former Endurance World Champion took maximum advantage of the increased grip to post a time of 2'07.233 to secure the team fourth place on the timesheet.
The Yamaha Factory Racing and YART Yamaha EWC teams will be back in action at Suzuka tomorrow, with free practice in the morning followed by qualifying in the afternoon and then night practice to round out the day.