Marquez wins the Japanese Grand Prix and, with it, his fifth MotoGP title!

The Honda stars and title rival Dovizioso broke clear of Crutchlow in the closing stages, but the Ducati rider fell on the penultimate lap to confirm Marquez as champion with three rounds to go.

Rins was promoted to another podium for Suzuki by Dovizioso's exit.

Rossi meanwhile is now closing in on Dovizioso for title runner-up.

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Jorge Lorenzo missed the event due to the left wrist fracture in Thailand.

Sylvain Guintoli and Katsuyuki Nakasuga were 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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  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 42m 36.438s
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 38.011s
  3. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 38.158s
  4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 42m 42.851s
  5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 42m 43.357s
  6. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 42m 44.462s
  7. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 42m 49.768s
  8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 42m 52.020s
  9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 42m 57.022s
  10. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 43m 1.423s
  11. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 43m 2.369s
  12. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 43m 3.313s
  13. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 43m 3.507s
  14. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) 43m 8.988s
  15. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 43m 14.156s
  16. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP17)* 43m 16.021s
  17. Jordi Torres SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) 43m 16.277s
  18. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 43m 19.136s
  19. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43m 26.381s
  20. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 43m 29.145s
  21. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 43m 38.286s
    Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
    Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) DNF
    Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) DNF
    Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
By Peter McLaren

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