Championship leader set the pace ahead of fellow HRC rider but suffered a late fall at Turn 9

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped the final Free Practice of the weekend at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, setting the fastest time of 1:45.531 to beat Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) by 0.310, with Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone third in FP4 – 0.420 from the Spaniards time.

However, it wasn’t the end to the session the number 93 would have hoped for after he suffered a crash at Turn 9 ahead of Q2 – rider ok. This morning’s pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was fourth fastest in FP4, with fellow GP18 rider Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) completing the top five.

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Yamaha test rider and Japanese wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) both crashed at Turn 5 during the 30-minute session – riders ok.

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