Jet lag is never fun. Have a look at the Thursday press conference if you don’t believe me, it’s like a trailer for The Living Dead.
No one felt much better today, faced with a soaking track and persistent rain. By the end of the day it’s safe to say that Ducati riders felt better than the rest and the Yamaha riders, well, the factory ones, were distinctly depressed. Marc Marquez just rode like, er, Marquez and finally fell at the end of the afternoon session having given every impression of trying to achieve that aim all day. In other words: situation normal.
We know that the Ducati works in the wet; we also know that they have a good record at Motegi. We also know that Jorge Lorenzo has a great record at the Motegi circuit. If it stays wet as semi-promised then we may be in for an interesting result.
Other things to note include the sight of both Suzukis with droopy dog aero fairings, in the top ten, and also the form of 21-year old Kohta Nozane who is replacing J Folger this weekend at Tech 3. He may well keep his ride for Phillip Island next week, especially since Mickey van der Mark will be otherwise occupied. It’d be good to see the Dutchman rewarded for his patience though, maybe at Sepang?
In the meantime, much depends on the weather. The rain is scheduled to stop tomorrow morning and its reappearance may not happen until Monday. So, if it isn’t a completely wet weekend we may get wet qualifying and a dry race. Either way it will be intense.