Marc Marquez (Honda) took pole at Phillip Island earlier today with a sizable gap over all the other riders. Lacking his beloved “edge treatment” tires this weekend, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo had to settle for third quickest, slotting just behind Ducati’s Andrea Ianonne on the front row. Ianonne admitted to drafting Lorenzo during the qualifying session, which enabled his quick time.
Lorenzo’s title rival (leading the points by 18 going into this weekend) and teammate Valentino Rossi qualified on the third row in seventh. Stay tuned for race results we will post this evening (US time).