Marc Marquez rated his opening lap in Sepang as "very perfect" and one of the best of his stellar career.
Marc Marquez broke the MotoGP points record for a season, but he was unable to deny Maverick Vinales victory in Sepang.
A crash for Marc Marquez has presented an opportunity for Fabio Quartararo and his Yamaha colleagues to end the world champion's win streak.
For the fifth time this season rookie Fabio Quartararo will start on pole, while Marc Marquez will have to come from back in 11th place.
Marc Marquez's incredible MotoGP season might get even better at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as he aims to surpass Jorge Lorenzo's record.
After wrapping up the title earlier this month, Marc Marquez will hope to break the record for most points in a season in Malaysia.
The Australian Grand Prix came to a painful end for Maverick Vinales but the Spaniard had no regrets after his final-lap crash.
Maverick Vinales once again looks like a strong contender in Australia, where the weather has already made its mark on proceedings.
Jorge Lorenzo blocked the racing line for Marc Marquez when the champion was on his flying final lap, causing some consternation.
It has been a season to forget for Valentino Rossi but the Italian will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes in his 400th grand prix.