Fabio Quartararo dethrones Maverick Vinales in second practice at Motegi

Fabio Quartararo topped the second consecutive FP2 for a Yamaha machine as he out-paced Maverick Vinales by over three-tenths of a second at Motegi. 

Quartararo managed a lap ultimately 0.321 quicker than Vinales-a 1:44.764s that was nearly a second faster than the pace set in FP1- to hold a hefty advantage over the rest heading into qualifying day tomorrow. 

Marc Marquez was third fastest for Honda-just 0.336 in-arrears- while Andrea Dovizioso managed a stronger session this time around to insert his GP19 Ducati into fourth. 

Valentino Rossi had a more encouraging practice this time around to round out the top five, just ahead of the second Petronas SRT M1 of Franco Morbidelli-meaning all four Yamaha's end Friday in the top six. 

Jack Miller was seventh for Pramac Racing ahead of the second factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, while Joan Mir and Aleix Espargaro closed out the top ten on their Suzuki and Aprilia machinery respectively. 

Alex Rins just missed out on the top ten on the second GSX-RR in 11th, while Pol Espargaro struggled more in this session as fastest KTM down in 13th. 

Home hero Takaaki Nakagami ended Friday 15th overall-the same posiiton he managed in FP1- in what is his final event of the year due to an upcoming shoulder operation that will see him miss the final three races. 

Jorge Lorenzo's problems continued during Friday at Motegi, the Mallorcan ultimately ending up 17th quickest-1.897 seconds from the pace.

Japan - Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Flag   Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:44.764
2 Flag   Maverick Vinales Monster Energy Yamaha 1:45.085 0.321
3 Flag   Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 1:45.100 0.336
4 Flag   Andrea Dovizioso Mission Winnow Ducati 1:45.414 0.650
5 Flag   Valentino Rossi Monster Energy Yamaha 1:45.466 0.702
6 Flag   Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:45.562 0.798
7 Flag   Jack Miller Alma Pramac Racing 1:45.577 0.813
8 Flag   Danilo Petrucci Mission Winnow Ducati 1:45.619 0.855
9 Flag   Joan Mir Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:45.641 0.877
10 Flag   Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Gresini 1:45.721 0.957
11 Flag   Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:45.730 0.966
12 Flag   Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:45.804 1.040
13 Flag   Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory 1:46.020 1.256
14 Flag   Francesco Bagnaia Alma Pramac Racing 1:46.330 1.566
15 Flag   Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1:46.557 1.793
16 Flag   Karel Abraham Reale Avintia Racing 1:46.576 1.812
17 Flag   Jorge Lorenzo Repsol Honda Team 1:46.661 1.897
18 Flag   Miguel Oliviera Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:46.800 2.036
19 Flag   Sylvain Guintoli Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:46.803 2.039
20 Flag   Andrea Iannone Aprilia Racing Gresini 1:46.969 2.205
21 Flag   Tito Rabat Reale Avintia Racing 1:47.158 2.394
22 Flag   Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM Factory 1:47.312 2.548
23 Flag   Hafizh Syahrin Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:47.974 3.210