Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez leads morning warm-up for the Japanese MotoGP, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales.

Aleix Espargaro completed a strong session for Suzuki in fourth, ahead of pole starter Valentino Rossi, who admitted on Saturday to being concerned about his race pace against the likes of Marquez.

Rossi's Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, sore from his huge Saturday highside, completed the top six.

Dani Pedrosa fractured his right collarbone in a huge Friday practice highside and is replaced by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Andrea Iannone is missing his third race in a row following a back injury at Misano. His factory seat has been taken by Hector Barbera, with 2015 Australian SBK champion Mike Jones drafted in for a MotoGP debut at Avintia.

Bradley Smith and Jack Miller are returning from injury this weekend, while Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga is making his latest wild-card appearance.

Marquez has a slim mathematical chance of wrapping up the 2016 title today, should he raise his points lead from 52 to 76...

1.Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 45.451s[Lap 9/11]304km/h (Top Speed)2.Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP)1m 45.585s +0.134s[9/10]307km/h3.Maverick Vi?alesESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 45.627s +0.176s[10/11]307km/h4.Aleix EspargaroESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 45.796s +0.345s[9/10]303km/h5.Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 45.875s +0.424s[5/11]305km/h6.Jorge LorenzoESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 46.035s +0.584s[6/10]305km/h7.Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 46.112s +0.661s[10/10]304km/h8.Hector BarberaESPDucati Team (Desmosedici GP)1m 46.164s +0.713s[7/11]308km/h9.Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 46.478s +1.027s[6/11]305km/h10.Pol EspargaroESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 46.500s +1.049s[4/10]304km/h11.Danilo PetrucciITAOcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 46.624s +1.173s[6/8]305km/h12.Jack MillerAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 46.899s +1.448s[10/11]302km/h13.Stefan BradlGERFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 46.967s +1.516s[6/11]304km/h14.Yonny HernandezCOLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 47.101s +1.650s[11/12]299km/h15.Alvaro BautistaESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 47.184s +1.733s[11/11]300km/h16.Eugene LavertyIRLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 47.460s +2.009s[9/10]305km/h17.Bradley SmithGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 47.463s +2.012s[9/11]304km/h18.Hiroshi AoyamaJPNRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 47.550s +2.099s[9/10]309km/h19.Tito RabatESPEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)*1m 47.748s +2.297s[10/11]301km/h20.Katsuyuki NakasugaJPNYamalube Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1)1m 48.048s +2.597s[5/11]301km/h21.Loris BazFRAAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 49.231s +3.780s[3/8]294km/h22.Mike JonesAUSAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 49.243s +3.792s[8/10]301km/h

Blue Name = No Concessions.
7 engine changes for the season. Engines must be identical throughout season within same team (development freeze). 5 days of private testing.Black Name = Concessions.
9 engine changes. No engine development freeze. Unlimited private testing.* Rookie

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Pole position:Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 1m 43.954s

Official Motegi MotoGP records:Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 43.790s (2015)Fastest race lap:Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 45.350s (2014)

By Peter McLaren


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