Honda's championship leader Marc Marquez was seventh behind pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa after crashing off at the Malaysian GP qualifying at Sepang.
The Spaniard leads nearest challenger Italy's Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso by 33 points with just 50 to play for in the two remaining races at Sepang and Valencia.
Marquez was heading for a flying lap when he tumbled at Turn 15 at the Sepang International Circuit and although he was able to get his bike started and limp back to the pits, he was unable to challenge for the front row and starts on the third.
It was the 25th time this season that Marquez has fallen off his bike, but only two of those have come in races.
Dovizioso was on provisional pole in a thrilling closing stages as the lead changed hands four times.
The Ducati rider was bumped off pole by Honda's Dani Pedrosi and then Yamaha's Johann Zarco also pipped him to second, with all three separated by just 0.024 seconds.
The second row is headed by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with team-mate Maverick Vinales fifth and then Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo.
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