Phillip Island MotoGP: Marquez storms to pole, Dovizioso only 11th

Marc Marquez stormed to MotoGP pole at Phillip Island, while title rival Andrea Dovizioso struggled to just 11th on the grid

Phillip Island MotoGP: Marquez storms to pole, Dovizioso only 11th

Maverick Vinales ended up second, ahead of Johann Zarco and Andrea Iannone.

Marquez was unstoppable across the 15-minute Q2 session, constantly bouncing back to the top with each run.

In the end, it was his 1m28.386s that bagged him a dominant pole - more than 0.3-seconds clear of the field.

Dovizoso went into qualifying on the back of a nasty fall at the Lukey Heights turn in FP4, and never looked like contending for a front-row start.

The Ducati rider couldn't even finish inside the top 10, ending up more than a second off the pace after failing to improve on his final run.

The early part of the session was dominated by a three-bike long train featuring Marquez, Iannone, and Jack Miller.

Running nose-to-tail, they broke into the 1m28s for the first time this weekend five minutes in, Marquez leading the way.

Those times lasted until the final runs, when Zarco jumped to the top with a 1m28.744s.

He was then beaten by Vinales' effort of 1m28.719s, before Marquez trumped them all at the flag.

Miller's best time left him an impressive fifth - a career best - ahead of Pol Espargaro, who also took KTM's best grid spot.

Valentino Rossi came through Q1 to qualify seventh, followed by Aleix Espargaro and another Q1 runner, Bradley Smith.

Cal Crutchlow had been sitting seventh before the final sprint at the end of the session, and was set to improve with a little under three minutes to go sa he went fastest through sector one.

But he went down at the Honda corner, his session effectively over on the spot, and he'll start the race in 10th place.

Dani Pedrosa finished at the back of the queue, and will start from 12th.

Rossi topped the 15-minute Q1 segment of qualifying, while Smith secured passage to Q2 for the second time in as many rounds with second.

That meant Jorge Lorenzo missed out on a Q2 spot, going just sixth quickest in the wake of his FP3 crash, which left him with a suspected sprained ankle.

The Ducati rider will start the race from 16th.

Rossi went quick enough to top Q1 before the final flurry at the end of the session with a time of 1m20.665s set five minutes into the session, but still improved on his final run to put progression beyond doubt.

It wasn't quite as comfortable for Smith, but the KTM driver jumped from fifth to second on his final run to secure his third Q1 spot for the season, and second in succession.

Smith's late lap knocked Alex Rins out of Q1, the Suzuki rider falling just over a tenth short of progression.

Australian rider Broc Parkes, standing in for the ill Jonas Folger, did an impressive job on an unfamiliar Tech 3 Yamaha, out-pacing Alvaro Bautista and Sam Lowes to qualify 21st.

Starting grid

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m28.386s
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 0.333s
3 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 0.358s
4 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 0.551s
5 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 0.578s
6 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 0.644s
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.817s
8 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 0.885s
9 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 0.935s
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1.043s
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1.110s
12 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1.160s
13 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1.438s
14 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 1.461s
15 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1.575s
16 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1.699s
17 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1.838s
18 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 2.085s
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 2.157s
20 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 2.420s
21 Broc Parkes Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 2.503s
22 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 2.514s
23 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 2.772s


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