AkenoSpeed Yamaha’s wildcard rider, Soichiro Minamimoto, stole the glory from runaway championship leader, Peerapong Boonlert in free practice by clocking the fastest time of the day late in FP3 with a lap of 2’14.046, to lead by 0.061.

Wildcards grabbed plenty of attention in the first session, occupying second to sixth places behind Yamaha Thailand’s Supersport star. As the ARRC regulars acclimatised to the challenges of Suzuka, Ramdan Rosli got closest to Peerapong, taking the top slot in FP2, before finishing the day third with 2’14.540.

Another wildcard, Battle Factory’s Yuto Sano, was fourth overall from Hong Leong Yamaha’s Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin. Andi Farid Izdihar was the next best of the ARRC visitors on 2’15.068 just ahead of Azroy Hakeem Anuar, Rheza Danica Ahrens and Afif Amran, who was tenth.

SIC Junior ZK Racing’s Adam Norrodin, on his first visit to Suzuka, spent the day finding his way around, recording his best time of 2’16.235 in FP3.