Marquez puts Honda on top for the first time this weekend during FP4 for the Japanese MotoGP, despite a fall in the closing stages.

Crutchlow is again competitive, setting the second fastest time.

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Jorge Lorenzo has withdrawn from the event due to the left wrist fracture in Thailand.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

Qualifying 1, for those outside the top ten after third free practice, will now get underway.

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  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.531s [Lap 7/12] 306km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.841s +0.310s [10/14] 308k
  3. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.951s +0.420s [6/14] 303k
  4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 46.025s +0.494s [10/14] 311k
  5. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 46.128s +0.597s [12/12] 308k
  6. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 46.136s +0.605s [6/12] 308k
  7. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.189s +0.658s [11/14] 306k
  8. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 46.204s +0.673s [4/15] 304k
  9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 46.403s +0.872s [9/13] 304k
  10. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.439s +0.908s [5/11] 301k
  11. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.519s +0.988s [12/15] 303k
  12. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 46.631s +1.100s [9/12] 306k
  13. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 46.633s +1.102s [12/12] 307k
  14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 46.657s +1.126s [9/12] 300k
  15. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 46.680s +1.149s [14/14] 308k
  16. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 46.699s +1.168s [7/15] 301k
  17. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 1m 46.704s +1.173s [5/13] 306k
  18. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 46.938s +1.407s [11/12] 302k
  19. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 47.014s +1.483s [10/13] 303k
  20. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 47.101s +1.570s [4/11] 304k
  21. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 47.111s +1.580s [12/12] 304k
  22. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP17)* 1m 47.511s +1.980s [4/15] 300k
  23. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.609s +2.078s [8/13] 304k
  24. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 47.652s +2.121s [7/12] 302k
  25. Jordi Torres SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) 1m 47.762s +2.231s [11/14] 305k

Fastest practice time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 45.107s (FP3)

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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