PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia – Newly-crowned world champion Marc Marquez stormed to his fifth straight Australian Moto GP pole on Saturday as the Spaniard continues his dominance of the sport.
The super-consistent Honda star clocked a fastest lap of one minute, 29.199 seconds around the demanding 4.4-kilometre Phillip Island circuit on a day of intermittent sunshine and showers.
Maverick Vinales, who finished on the podium in Australia last year, was 0.310 off the pace and will begin Sunday’s race from second with fellow Yamaha rider Johann Zarco in third.
Italy’s Andrea Iannone, who dominated the free practice sessions on his Suzuki, Alex Rins (Suzuki) and local hope Jack Miller (Ducati) fill the second row of the grid.
Veteran Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) are behind them.