Marc Marquez overtook Maverick Vinales with a lap remaining to continue his hot streak as the latter crashed out.
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.
The focus switches from Japan to Australia for Marc Marquez, who was delighted to match a benchmark of the legendary Mick Doohan.
It was a Marc Marquez masterclass as the Repsol Honda star blitzed the field in Japan.
Pole-sitter Marc Marquez can equal Mick Doohan with a 54th career MotoGP win if he triumphs in Japan.
Despite sealing the world title in Thailand, Marc Marquez did not let up in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Frenchman Johann Zarco has secured a ride until the end of 2019 but Jorge Lorenzo is confident he will not be impacted by the move.
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Marc Marquez can clinch the MotoGP title with four races to spare this weekend, earning high praise from Valentino Rossi.
Marc Marquez had victory snatched away from him for the second successive race as Alex Rins won at Silverstone.