Lorenzo has the edge
Jorge Lorenzo claimed his second pole of the week and will start at the front of the AirAsia MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday.
The Yamaha Factory Racing rider finished ahead of Marc Marquez and Nicky Hayden at the end of the 75-minute qualifying session in a time of one minute 53.471seconds.
The poor weather had forced race organisers to change qualifying to a single session instead of the usual set-up of 15-minute Q1 and Q2 periods.
Spain's Lorenzo, who was already the quickest on the drying track, recorded the fastest time while Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went second on his final flying lap, demoting Hayden (Ducati) to third.
Lorenzo's dominance was underlined by the fact that all riders below third place were more than a full second off his pace.
Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha 's Valentino Rossi are on the second row with the second Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso in sixth, ahead of GO&FUN Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista in seventh - despite a crash at turn seven - with LCR Honda MotoGP's Stefan Bradl eighth and Aspar's Aleix Espargaro ninth.
Yonny Hernandez completed the top 10 for Ignite Pramac Racing as England's Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith could manage no better than 11th and 13th spots respectively.