Dovizioso stays fastest during a dry FP3 at the Japanese MotoGP, followed by Crutchlow and Zarco.

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of this afternoon's qualifying session.

Marquez currently has a 77-point lead over Dovizioso and 99-point lead over Rossi. If the Honda rider has a championship lead of at least 75-points after Sunday's race, he will claim his fifth MotoGP title with three rounds still to go.

Jorge Lorenzo has withdrawn from the event due to the left wrist fracture in Thailand.

Sylvain Guintoli and Katsuyuki Nakasuga are making their latest wild-card appearances for Suzuki and Yamaha respectively.

Tito Rabat is still recovering from leg fractures at Silverstone and again replaced by WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres. Torres has the GP16 machines of Simeon, who is on Rabat's GP17s.

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FP3:

  1. = Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 45.107s [Lap 16/16] 310km/h (Top Speed)
  2. = Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.134s +0.027s [16/18] 308k
  3. = Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.137s +0.030s [19/19] 305k
  4. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.289s +0.182s [18/19] 309k
  5. ^4 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 45.422s +0.315s [19/19] 304k
  6. ^5 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.428s +0.321s [18/19] 307k
  7. ˅2 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 45.470s +0.363s [17/18] 309k
  8. ^11 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.508s +0.401s [18/20] 304k
  9. ˅3 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.599s +0.492s [17/19] 305k
  10. ˅2 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 45.688s +0.581s [19/19] 305k
  11. ˅4 Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 45.742s +0.635s [18/20] 308k
  12. ^8 Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 46.125s +1.018s [19/19] 302k
  13. ^4 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 46.216s +1.109s [15/16] 306k
  14. ^1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 1m 46.341s +1.234s [18/19] 306k
  15. ˅1 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 46.488s +1.381s [16/18] 307k
  16. ˅3 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 46.491s +1.384s [19/19] 302k
  17. ˅7 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.518s +1.411s [15/16] 305k
  18. ˅6 Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.561s +1.454s [15/16] 301k
  19. ^5 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.579s +1.472s [16/17] 304k
  20. ˅4 Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP17)* 1m 46.608s +1.501s [14/14] 300k
  21. ^4 Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 47.048s +1.941s [17/18] 300k
  22. ˅4 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 47.179s +2.072s [17/17] 301k
  23. = Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 47.387s +2.280s [18/18] 304k
  24. ˅2 Jordi Torres SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) 1m 47.542s +2.435s [14/16] 305k
  25. ˅4 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.893s +2.786s [17/17] 305k

^X Rider is X positions higher than Friday.
= Rider is same position as Friday.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than Friday.

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:

  1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18)
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  3. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)
  4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  7. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  8. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  9. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  10. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17)

Fastest Friday time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 45.358s (FP1)

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

By Peter McLaren

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