Full report and results below:
Jorge Lorenzo has produced one of the all time great MotoGP laps to navigate the Phillip Island circuit in a breathtaking time of 1:27.899 and claim pole position for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. The lap was almost a second quicker than Casey Stoner's existing pole record and two seconds quicker than last years pole effort. The session wasn't without it's difficulties for the reigning World Champion however as he collected an unfortunate seagull on his very first out lap, the unlucky bird was then lodged in the side of his M1's fairing in bizarre looking scenes as he went on to initially break the circuit record with feathers bristling from the side of his mount.
Marc Marquez also went below the circuit pole record on his way to claiming second place on the grid and will be joined on the front row, in the middle of a factory Yamaha sandwich, by Valentino Rossi. Alvaro Bautista took advantage of a nice tow from Marquez to claim the first place on the second row ahead of a disappointing Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow aboard his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Fellow Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith heads up row three ahead of the inseparable Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, 'Dovi' did well to come through Q1 and just about match his team mate.
Randy DePuniet couldn't reproduce his fantastic early weekend pace as he crashed at turn two in the early stages of the session trying to get a tow from Lorenzo. Fellow CRT rider Colin Edwards also crashed, going down at the final corner with ten minutes remaining. Both riders were unhurt and managed to complete further flying laps later in proceedings but brought up the rear of the time sheets.
|11||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||1'30.264||2.365||0.508|
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'30.735||2.836||0.471|
|14||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||1'30.530||0.531||0.449|
|21||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||1'31.775||1.776||0.682|