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Published: 03:34 EDT, 15 October 2016 | Updated: 03:35 EDT, 15 October 2016

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MOTEGI, Japan (AP) — Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi secured pole position in Saturday's qualifying for the MotoGP of Japan.

Rossi a nine-time world champion, clocked a lap of 1 minute, 43.954 seconds at Twin Ring Motegi to finish 0.180 seconds ahead of Honda rider Marc Marquez.

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was third followed by Ducati rider Andrea Dovisiozo.

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Mot...

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Marquez holds a 52-point lead over Rossi in the overall standings and could wrap up the 2016 title with a win on Sunday.

Rossi has won the MotoGP of Japan four times, but not since 2008. Marquez has won here twice, in 2010 and 2012.

Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro, riding a Suzuki, were fifth and sixth to make up the second row on the grid for Sunday's race.

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso steers his Ducati during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Mo...

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso steers his Ducati during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Mot...

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Moteg...

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Mot...

Italy's Valentino Rossi steers his Yamaha during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Britain's Cal Crutchlow on his Honda does a wheelie during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circ...

Britain's Cal Crutchlow on his Honda does a wheelie during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Spain's Dani Pedrosa steers his Honda during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi,...

Spain's Dani Pedrosa steers his Honda during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Spain's rider Maverick Vinales steers his Suzuki during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit...

Spain's rider Maverick Vinales steers his Suzuki during a free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)


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Rossi grabs pole position for MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan