Fastest driver during practice, Esteve Rabat Marc VDS Racing Team also asserted his authority on the qualifications of the Twin Ring Motegi track and scored his eighth pole position of the year, his first in four races in beating Tom Lüthi (Interwetten Sitag) of 0.033s.
Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham) remains in the front line after making the third time, three-tenths of the leader, and will seek a third consecutive podium Sunday race on the circuit where he won his first and so far only victory Grand Prix in 2011 in the 125cc class.
On the same tenth of a second that the French, Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) will head the second row in front of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia).
Julián Simón “Italtrans Racing” teammate Franco Morbidelli, Axel Pons “AGR Team” and Marcel Schrötter Tech 3, completed the Top 10 qualifications.
Xavier Simeon “Federal Oil Gresini” completed the thirteenth time to finish ahead of Jordi Torres “Mapfre Aspar” Jonas Folger “AGR Team” and Dominique Aegerter “Technomag carXpert” while Louis Rossi “SAG Team” took the twentieth position.
Florian Marino (NGM Forward Racing) will start for its part of the twenty-eighth position for his third Grand Prix.