The three existing sessions of free practice will be unchanged, however, the combined times from those sessions will determine participation in the final qualifying practice. The 10 fastest riders will be seeded through to Qualifying Practice 2 (QP2). All other riders will take part in Qualifying Practice 1 (QP1). The fastest two riders in QP1 will progress to QP2, making a total of 12 riders competing for the first 12 grid positions. The riders not in the fastest two places in QP1 will take grid positions 13 and above according to their times in QP1.
QP1 and QP2 will each be 15 minutes in length, with a 10-minute break between them. They will be preceded by a 30-minute, untimed Free Practice session.
In additional developments at Motegi, effective immediately, the "season" will now be defined as starting on the day after the final race of the year and finishing on the day of the final race of the following year. The reason for this change is that some regulations currently refer to restrictions on activities in a "calendar year". It is thought more relevant to determine that the new season starts with testing etc., immediately after the last race.One effect of this change is that manufacturers competing in the MotoGP class will now have to nominate their three designated testing circuits before the conclusion of the last race of the year. Non-factory teams may now use a contracted rider or a non-contracted test rider, approved by Race Direction, to carry out testing using the "test tire allocation".