Yamaha’s Lorenzo claims pole for Japanese MotoGP
Lorenzo had a lap of 1 minute, 43.790 seconds at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, 0.081 seconds faster than Rossi. Defending world champion and Honda rider Marc Marquez was third.
Lorenzo, who has won the last two races at Motegi, is hoping to close the 14-point gap with Yamaha teammate Rossi at the top of the MotoGP standings with four races left.
Johann Zarco claimed his seventh pole of the season in the Moto2 category while Romano Fenati was fastest in Moto3 qualifying.
Full qualifying results: