Julian Simon took his second pole position of the season after a dominant performance in Motegi.
Simon, riding a Suter chassis, took over at the head of the timing screen with five minutes to go before improving on three consecutive laps with the Spaniard finally ending the session 0.284s clear of Scott Redding. The Englishman continued his strong form of late taking a fourth consecutive front row start. The local crowd had reason to celebrate with Yuki Takahashi ending the session in third, ahead of championship leader Toni Elias who rounded out the front row of the grid.
Claudio Corti, Alex de Angelis, Karol Abraham and Stefan Bradl all had strong showings to qualify on the second row. Behind them was the impressive Yonny Fernandez and Aragon race winner Andrea Iannone. The Italian made a mistake on his last lap and had to ride through a gravel trap. With Simon starting from pole Iannone will know that his hopes of finishing second in the championship could be diminishing.
Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Julian Simon Suter 1m53.008s 2. Scott Redding Suter 1m53.292s + 0.284s 3. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 1m53.439s + 0.431s 4. Toni Elias Moriwaki 1m53.504s + 0.496s 5. Claudio Corti Suter 1m53.507s + 0.499s 6. Alex de Angelis Motobi 1m53.545s + 0.537s 7. Karel Abraham FTR 1m53.561s + 0.553s 8. Stefan Bradl Suter 1m53.591s + 0.583s 9. Yonny Hernandez BQR 1m53.601s + 0.593s 10. Andrea Iannone Speed Up 1m53.747s + 0.739s 11. Roberto Rolfo Suter 1m53.817s + 0.809s 12. Dominique Aegerter Suter 1m53.830s + 0.822s 13. Jules Cluzel Suter 1m53.920s + 0.912s 14. Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki 1m53.929s + 0.921s 15. Alex Baldolini ICP 1m53.954s + 0.946s 16. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki 1m53.961s + 0.953s 17. Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 1m54.070s + 1.062s 18. Simone Corsi Motobi 1m54.252s + 1.244s 19. Mike di Meglio Suter 1m54.363s + 1.355s 20. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex 1m54.390s + 1.382s 21. Kenny Noyes Promoharris 1m54.417s + 1.409s 22. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota 1m54.498s + 1.490s 23. Michael Ranseder Suter 1m54.504s + 1.496s 24. Hector Faubel Suter 1m54.529s + 1.521s 25. Yusuke Teshima TSR 1m54.565s + 1.557s 26. Alex Debon FTR 1m54.596s + 1.588s 27. Shogo Moriwaki Moriwaki 1m54.631s + 1.623s 28. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up 1m54.645s + 1.637s 29. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m54.837s + 1.829s 30. Kazuki Watanabe Suter 1m55.413s + 2.405s 31. Anthony West MZ 1m55.544s + 2.536s 32. Valentin Debise ADV 1m55.548s + 2.540s 33. Ferruccio Lamborghini Moriwaki 1m55.955s + 2.947s 34. Ricard Cardus Bimota 1m56.139s + 3.131s 35. Robertino Pietri Suter 1m56.148s + 3.140s 36. Mashel Al Naimi BQR 1m56.280s + 3.272s 37. Joan Olive Promoharris 1m56.445s + 3.437s 38. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki 1m56.474s + 3.466s 39. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki 1m56.624s + 3.616s 40. Hiromichi Kunikawa Bimota 1m56.849s + 3.841s 41. Kouki Takahashi RBB 1m57.115s + 4.107s