Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
Simon took a fall while trying to better his time toward the end of the session, but walked away without incident. Alex de Anglis was another tenth of a second behind Elias.
Scott Redding had a solid showing in fourth. Redding has just agreed to continue with his Marc VDS Racing Team for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and will be looking to prove to VDS that it was a good choice this weekend.
Behind Redding was Yonny Hernandez and Simon Corsi.
Andrea Iannone, who won the Moto2 event at Motegi last year, finished in 27th during the first free practice session.
Here is the report from the MotoGP Free Practice session at Motegi.