Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez flies to pole for Honda

Honda's Marc Marquez stormed to pole position for MotoGP's Australia Grand Prix at Phillip Island, with Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo setting identical times to complete the front row

Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez flies to pole for Honda

Marquez had earlier been fastest in third practice, having also led Friday's second practice session, and proved to be unbeatable over one lap around the 2.7-mile circuit.

The Spaniard's opening gambit, a 1m28.731s, left him three tenths of a second clear of the rest.

Though his opposition improved, Marquez held the same advantage at the end of the session after going faster himself with a 1m28.364s.

Iannone and Lorenzo's matching times came right at the death, as the pair crossed the line in tandem.

Lorenzo had been unhappy with the Ducati rider, but will start behind the Italian on Sunday's grid.

The Yamaha rider's starting position is a boost to his championship hopes, however, with team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi four spots behind.

The Italian's seventh place was an accurate reflection of his pace so far this weekend relative to Lorenzo and leaves him with work to do to in Sunday's race to get on terms with his rival.

He was beaten by the second Honda of Dani Pedrosa in fourth and the impressive duo of Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales in fifth and sixth respectively, the pair continuing the strong form they have shown since Friday.

Both Espargaros came through the earlier Q1 session and Suzuki's Aleix ended the session with the bragging rights after securing eighth on the grid, narrowly ahead of brother Pol.

Australian Jack Miller will start his home event from 15th after missing out on advancing to the second session.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m28.364s -
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m28.680s 0.316s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m28.680s 0.316s
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m28.712s 0.348s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m28.912s 0.548s
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m28.932s 0.568s
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.014s 0.650s
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.015s 0.651s
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m29.222s 0.858s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m29.267s 0.903s
11 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m29.499s 1.135s
12 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m29.626s 1.262s
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m29.918s -
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m30.064s -
15 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m30.104s -
16 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m30.105s -
17 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m30.135s -
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m30.147s -
19 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m30.173s -
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m30.376s -
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m30.634s -
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m30.959s -
23 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 1m31.205s -
24 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m31.837s -
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m33.884s -

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