Jorge Lorenzo snatches pole position after an unexpected challenge from team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Qualifying was delayed due to a big accident for Alex de Angelis in final practice. The Ioda rider was airlifted to hospital for further treatment and is described as 'conscious'.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez recently underwent surgery on a fracture to his left hand, sustained in a mountain bike accident, while 2015 title contender Jorge Lorenzo sprained his left shoulder in a minibike accident last weekend.

Factory test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) and Takumi Takahashi (Honda) are making wild-card appearances for their home round, with countryman Kousuke Akiyoshi in place of the injured Karel Abraham...

Qualifying 2:1.Jorge LorenzoESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 43.790s[Lap 8/8]303km/h (Top Speed)2.Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 43.871s +0.081s[7/7]303km/h3.Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 44.216s +0.426s[7/7]306km/h4.Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP15)1m 44.322s +0.532s[7/7]310km/h5.Andrea IannoneITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP15)1m 44.436s +0.646s[6/7]312km/h6.Dani PedrosaESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 44.582s +0.792s[8/8]309km/h7.Aleix EspargaroESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 44.809s +1.019s[7/7]297km/h8.Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 44.932s +1.142s[3/7]303km/h9.Bradley SmithGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 45.067s +1.277s[5/5]305km/h10.Maverick Vi?alesESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*1m 45.081s +1.291s[5/6]300km/h11.Pol EspargaroESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 45.219s +1.429s[2/8]302km/h12.Scott ReddingGBREstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 45.333s +1.543s[7/7]301km/h

Qualifying 1:13.Stefan BradlGERFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 45.432s299km/h14.Yonny HernandezCOLOcto Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 45.438s304km/h15.Katsuyuki NakasugaJPNYamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1)1m 45.496s300km/h16.Alvaro BautistaESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 45.608s299km/h17.Danilo PetrucciITAOcto Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 45.691s302km/h18.Hector BarberaESPAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open)1m 45.724s306km/h19.Takumi TakahashiJPNTeam HRC (RC213V)1m 45.743s303km/h20.Eugene LavertyIRLAspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)*1m 45.751s298km/h21.Nicky HaydenUSAAspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)1m 45.843s295km/h22.Jack MillerAUSLCR Honda (RC213V-RS)*1m 46.039s299km/h23.Loris BazFRAForward Racing (Forward Yamaha)*1m 46.048s293km/h24.Mike Di MeglioFRAAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open)1m 46.179s300km/h25.Toni EliasSPAForward Racing (Forward Yamaha)1m 46.256s300km/h26.Kousuke AkiyoshiJPNAB Motoracing (RC213V-RS)1m 47.760s291km/h27.Alex De AngelisRSME-Motion IodaRacing (ART)No Time

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Fastest practice time:Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 44.089s (FP3)

Official Motegi MotoGP records:Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 44.089s (2015)Fastest race lap:Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 45.350s (2014)