There were brilliant blue skies overhead as the action commenced on Saturday morning at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.
The second day of action at Motegi got underway with bright conditions as the Land of the Rising lived up to its name, the 125cc riders commencing their customary second free practice session on a dry track at 9am local time.
Good weather is forecast for the rest of the day at the Japanese venue so the teams should continue to enjoy dry sessions this morning, before the all-important Saturday afternoon qualifying runs.
However, before qualifying the 1999 World Champion Alex Criville will be back on track at Motegi performing demonstration laps on a Honda NSR500, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of MotoGP racing at the Twin Ring circuit.
After that the serious business of battling for grid positions will get going, with Friday´s fastest MotoGP trio of Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa likely to figure amongst the pace-setters, whilst the likes of Indy podium finishers Nicky Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo will be aiming to improve on their form from day one.