Lorenzo takes fourth MotoGP pole of season in Japan
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (R) signs autographs to fans at the paddock ahead of the Japanese MotoGP, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, on October 25, 2013
The Yamaha rider clocked one minute 53.471sec to edge out current championship leader Marc Marquez, who followed 0.658sec later on the wet Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
Lorenzo has pledged to use the two remaining races of the season to derail the Honda rookie's attempt at the title.
Dense fog and torrential rain forced the cancellation of free practice on Friday and Saturday, and riders went straight into qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Rain stopped shortly before the MotoGP riders hit the tarmac, but puddles remained on the track.