Thunderstorms and rain made Saturday tricky at the Motegi circuit. After just one session on Friday, the MotoGP class faced yet another challenge today. Although Free Practice two could take place this morning on a wet track, FP3 became a victim of the heavy rain, yet with delay they managed to start their Qualifying.
Although Cal Crutchlow didn’t ride on a wet track for quite a while, he found a decent feeling in this morning’s Free Practice two. With more standing water on track this afternoon, he tried to go faster during the 15 minutes Qualifying, but was hindered to do so by crashes which resulted to yellow flags. He ended up in 13 of Qualifying one.
Darryn Binder likewise got steadily used to the conditions in the practice session of this morning. The MotoGP rookie though slipped away during Qualifying in the afternoon and was left unable to improve, although he picked up his bike quickly to come back to the garage and go out again with his number two machine. He will need to start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Japan at 15:00 local time (08:00 CET) from row eight, right next to his teammate.