|Record breaking Rabat Photo: Marc VDS|
As the paddock moves onto Australia for the second of the flyaway rounds at Phillip Island it was to be Alex Marquez who’s perfect timing for clear track have him pole and a new fastest lap record in the process ahead of the Moto3 Grand Prix.
The Estrella Galicia rider’s time of 1m 36.050 was enough to hold off his team mate Alex Rins final lunge to remain in contention for the title, just 0.014 shy on his Honda.
Juanfran Guevara’s Mapfre Aspar finds it’s way to a second front row start having also scored the third grid spot in Aragon.
Guevara’s late effort saw Danny Kent pushed to fourth, his Husqvarna one place ahead of fellow Briton John McPhee, who in fifth went one better than his team mate Efren Vazquez in sixth.
Jasper Iwema was seventh for CIP ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller who just held onto eighth after traffic trouble left him waving frantically at the other riders at his home track.
Alexis Masbou took ninth despite a crash while going out early helped Romano Fenati to tenth.
Also crashing were Niklas Ajo who walked away with destroyed leathers and bike, and Eric Granado who needed a stretcher after already sustaining injury in practice.
Moto2 saw Tito Rabat dominate, leading from start to finish as his lap of 1. 32.70 also setting a new track record on his way to his ninth pole this season, a new record for Moto2.
Giving chase was Johann Zarco who found himself second by a tiny margin and Mika Kallio in third, who could see his title hopes evaporate tomorrow if the Marc VDS man lets his team-mate Rabat get away in the race.
Maverick Vinales recovered from a slow start to find enough pace for fourth for the Pons Paginas Amarillas HP 40 team.
Japan winner Tom Luthi also starts from row two in fifth, they are joined by Dynavolt Intact GP rider Sandro Cortese in sixth.
Sam Lowes provided the only real crash of the session, his Speed Up colliding with Thitipong Warakorn on his way to seventh.
Jordi Torres took eighth for Aspar, Xavier Simeon ninth for Gresini with Marcel Schrotter holding off his Tech 3 team mate Ricky Cardus for a top ten start.
Brit Gino Rea will start from 27thfor AGT Rea Racing.