Marc Marquez celebrated that MotoGP™ World Championship victory six days ago by grabbing his 12th pole position of the season after leading qualifying for the Tissot Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island this afternoon.
The Honda rider led the way from the Ducati of Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo to receive the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar pole setting watch from Tissot AFL MotoGP Ambassador Will Minson. The surface round the magnificent 4.448 kms circuit situated 120 kms south of Melbourne was dry after an earlier shower of rain for the 15 minute session. Tissot Ambassador Bradley Smith was just six thousandths of one second away from a front row start on the Yamaha but finally had to settle for a second row start, qualifying in fourth place. Honda mounted Stefan Bradl finally qualified on the fourth row after finishing11th. Nicky Hayden’s recuperation from his wrist injury continues and the American starts from the fifth row in 15th place.
Spaniard Tito Rabat could clinch the Moto2™ World Championship and started in the best possible fashion by receiving his ninth Tissot T-Race pole setting watch of the season. He has a 38 point lead in the championship with three rounds remaining over his team-mate Mika Kallio who qualified on the front row in third place despite two crashes on Friday. Sandwiched between them is Frenchman Johann Zarco while Tissot Ambassador Tom Luthi, who secured a brilliant win in Japan last week starts in the middle of the second row after qualifying fifth.
Alex Marquez, younger brother of Marc, completed the trio of the three championship leaders taking pole by leading the Moto3™ session. The 18 year old Honda rider received his third Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium pole setting watch of the season as he defends a 25 point lead in the championship. He is joined on the front row by his team-mate and last year’s winner Alex Rins and Spanish teenager Juanfran Guevara. Australian Jack Miller who is second in the championship starts from the third row after qualifying eighth for his home grand prix.
he was fourth last year with his team-mate Alex Rins winning the race