The Australian launched brilliantly off the line from seventh to get into the podium places by the end of Lap 1, while he picked off Binder and Martin in the next two laps before building an unassailable lead out front. In the battle for second, Martin held the advantage until the penultimate lap, but in the end, he had no answer for Binder’s late race pace. Meanwhile, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez started on pole for the first time in three years, and he converted that into P4 at Motegi.
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