We are not likely to see drama at the top of the overall championship standings
Even if championship leader Jorge Lorenzo crashes out of the race, his closest pursuer, Dani Pedrosa, cannot overtake him.
But there are plenty of other reasons to pay attention when the best motorcycle road racers in the world hit the track on Sunday.
In the following pages, we will look at the five most intriguing story lines as the riders prepare for the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.
Let's start with the return of the champion...