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2015 Australia MotoGP Qualifying | Marquez on Pole by 0.3!

2015 Australia MotoGP Qualifying Results

2015 Australia MotoGP Qualifying | Marc Marquez on Pole by 0.3!
Honda’s Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez is back to his usual quick ways. The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot broke his left pinky finger ahead of last weekend’s Motegi MotoGP, but he seemed to overcome the pain Saturday during qualifying at Phillip Island in Australia.

The 22-year-old Marquez was untouchable during 2015 Australia MotoGP Qualifying, earning his eight pole of 2015, and the 30th of his MotoGP career.

Marquez, who has no mathematically chance of earning the 2015 MotoGP title, claimed the Phillip Island MotoGP pole with a lap time of 1:28.634, which was was over tenths ahead of the two riders who join him on the front row: Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, respectively.

The two-time MotoGP Champion Marquez was quick, but was still almost a half-second slower than the 2013 Phillip Island pole record set by Lorenzo in 2013 (1:27.899). Marquez finished second overall behind Lorenzo during Friday MotoGP practice, but led every session on Saturday.

Ducati Team Andrea Iannone Phillip Island MotoGP Qualifying
Ducati’s Andrea Iannone

As the series gets underway at Phillip Island, round 16 of 18 and the second of three back-to-back rounds, the only two riders capable of earning the title are Lorenzo and his teammate Valentino Rossi. The nine-time World Champion has an 18-point lead over Lorenzo. Marquez is third, 86 points behind. Regardless, this didn’t slow Marquez down.

“I am pleased with how the day went, and of course with pole position! Thanks to the team for all their work, we have a good pace for tomorrow and we are ready to fight for the podium and hopefully the victory tomorrow.

“However we must wait and see what happens, because here every day is different; it can be sunny but then all of a sudden clouds can appear, and the key will be interpreting how the track conditions are, in order to have a good race,” Marquez says.

Just like Marquez, Iannone used a two-stop strategy to earn his third front-row starting position of the season. Iannone qualified 0.316 of a seconds behind Marquez, and so did Lorenzo. Though the times were identical, Iannone earned second on the grid due to crossing the finish line ahead of Lorenzo on the final qualifying lap.

This makes for 13 front-row starts for Lorenzo this season. Though this was Lorenzo’s worst qualifying attempt since 8th at Assent MotoGP, he is still way ahead of Rossi, who qualified seventh, 0.650 of a second off the pace.

Qualifying on top of the second row was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who earned his first win of 2015 MotoGP at Motegi last weekend. Pedrosa was 0.348 of a second off the pace. The Spaniard will be joined on row two by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (-0.548) and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales (-0.568).

Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo at Phillip Island MotoGP Qualifying
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo

Rossi qualified seventh, and will be joined on row three by Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Esparagaro.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was tenth fastest, with Brits Scott Redding (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the fourth row, despite the latter becoming the only rider to crash so far throughout the weekend in FP4.

The top Open class qualifier with 14th was Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera. As for the sole American in MotoGP, Aspar MotoGP’s Nicky Hayden, qualified 20th. The 2006 MotoGP Champion, who joins Ten Kate Honda in 2016 World Superbike, will also be inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame.

The 27-lap Australian Grand Prix gets underway Sunday; Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race live at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

2015 Australia MotoGP Qualifying Results:

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’28.364

2. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team 1’28.680

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’28.680

Second Row

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’28.712

5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) CWM LCR Honda 1’28.912

6. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’28.932

Third Row

7. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’29.014

8. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’29.015

9. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’29.222

Fourth Row

10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’29.267

11. Scott Redding (GBR) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’29.499

12. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’29.626

Fifth Row

13. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing 1’29.918

14. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 1’30.064

15. Jack Miller (AUS) CWM LCR Honda 1’30.104

Sixth Row

16. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar MotoGP Team 1’30.105

17. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing 1’30.135

18. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’30.147

Seventh Row

19. Loris Baz (FRA) Forward Racing 1’30.173

20. Nicky Hayden (USA) Aspar MotoGP Team 1’30.376

21. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’30.634

Eighth Row

22. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing 1’30.959

23. Anthony West (AUS) AB Motoracing 1’31.205

24. Toni Elias (SPA) Forward Racing 1’31.837

Ninth Row

25. Damian Cudlin (AUS) E-Motion IodaRacing Team 1’33.884

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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