Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start from pole after getting the 64th pole of his career late in Q2, thus equalling the poles of both Marquez and Lorenzo. Second on the starting grid will be Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with third going to a battered Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after high-siding during FP3.
In fourth spot will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) fifth and Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth after out qualifying his team-mate Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) who qualified seventh.
1 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’43.954
2 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.180
3 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.267
Pole went to Moto2 World Champion and current championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with a new Motegi pole record. After holding on to provisional pole for most of the qualifying session Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) ended up in second spot with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) maintaining his recent good for to qualify third.
Championship contender Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) qualified fourth with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) fifth and Axel Pons (AGR Team) sixth. Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), who only sits one point behind Zarco in the championship race had a poor qualifying after crashing on Friday. He qualified in twenty-second place.
1 Johann ZARCO (FRA) Ajo Motorsport Kalex 1’49.961
2 Thomas LUTHI (SWI) Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex +0.067
3 Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +0.356
The fastest qualifier Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) will not start from pole after being demoted three places for riding too slowly in some sectors during qualifying.
First place on the starting grid will therefore go to Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) with newly crowned World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in second place and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) third. Ono will start from fourth place ahead of Nicolo Bulaga (SKY Racing Team VR46) in fifth and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (SKY Racing Team VR46) sixth.
1 Andrea MIGNO (ITA) SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1’56.529
2 Brad BINDER (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.130
3 Enea BASTIANINI (ITA) Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.135