MotoGP 2016: Marquez takes Phillip Island pole
Takes a record 65th pole; edges out Cal Crutchlow on the front row of the grid
It was a historic 65th pole position for Marc Marquez, the recently crowned world champion, at Phillip Island. Marquez was one of the few riders to switch to slicks at the track, taking advantage of the fact that the circuit was drying up. This meant that he managed to end the session 0.792s ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.
Third place on the grid, completing the front row, was Tech3's Pol Espargaro. The rider prevented home hero Jack Miller from taking a front-row start at tomorrow's race. Miller had to stay content with fifth place...
The Dutchman, who is two points adrift of seven-time champion Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, told reporters he enjoyed his job, always does his best for Red Bull and would still feel good even if he finished second.
With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers' championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
This season’s narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and the second from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who drove impressively in both.