Marc Marquez, who has closed to within six points of the Moto2 title lead, led an all-Suter front row during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Having brilliantly saved a near lowside in the closing minutes, the Repsol rookie then improved on his final lap to push pole 0.193sec clear of Thomas Luthi.

It was Marquez's seventh pole of the year, while Interwetten rider Luthi - fastest in two of the three free practice sessions - claimed his first front row since round four.

Speed Master rider Andrea Iannone completed the Suter sweep, 0.356sec from pole.

Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith was kicked out of the seat on his way to best of the non-Suter riders in fourth place (+0.578sec). The Englishman will start just in front of home star Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki) and FTR's Simone Corsi.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl, who once held a 62-point lead, will start from eighth on the grid for Kalex. The German qualified 0.722sec from title rival Marquez.

Bradl's team-mate Randy Krummenacher suffered a big highside in the opening minutes and didn't complete a fast lap


1. Marquez (Suter) 1m 52.067s
2. Luthi (Suter) +0.193s
3. Iannone (Suter) +0.356s
4. Smith (Tech 3) +0.578s
5. Takahashi (Moriwaki) +0.627s
6. Corsi (FTR) +0.629s
7. de Angelis (MotoBI) +0.696s
8. Bradl (Kalex) +0.722s
9. Aegerter (Suter) +0.732s
10. Pasini (FTR) +0.786s

15. Redding (Suter) +1.134s