Marc Marquez broke the MotoGP points record for a season, but he was unable to deny Maverick Vinales victory in Sepang.
Monster Energy Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales crossed the finish line first on Sunday for his second win of the season.
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.
After wrapping up the title earlier this month, Marc Marquez will hope to break the record for most points in a season in Malaysia.
Marc Marquez overtook Maverick Vinales with a lap remaining to continue his hot streak as the latter crashed out.
The Australian Grand Prix is set to mark Valentino Rossi's 400th start, a feat the Italian rider is proud to be achieving.
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.