- Venue: Phillip Island Circuit
- Date: Sunday, 20 October
Coverage: Sunday 20 October: Moto 2/3 races 02:45 BST Red Button/online, MotoGP race 05:30-07:05 BBC Two HD/online
Jorge Lorenzo broke the Phillip Island lap record to claim pole for the Australian MotoGP as he fights to keep alive his World Championship defence.
The Yamaha racer, 26, dominated the session with a best lap of one minute 27.899 seconds - 0.221 seconds faster than fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez.
World Championship standings
- Marc Marquez (Spa) -
- Jorge Lorenzo (Spa)
- Dani Pedrosa (Spa) -
- Valentino Rossi (Ita) -
- Cal Crutchlow (GB) -
Marquez is 43 points ahead in the standings and will secure the title in his rookie season if he
collects eight more points than Lorenzo.
Briton Cal Crutchlow will start sixth.
Tyre problems - which
have seen the Moto2 race shortened to 13 laps
- mean that the MotoGP race will have a mandatory pit stop, for the first time in MotoGP history.
Bridgestone tyres say that they are unable to guarantee the safety of their rear slick tyres beyond 14 laps at a Phillip Island circuit which has been resurfaced since last year's race.
Each MotoGP rider will be required
to enter the pits and change to his second machine
with fresh tyres at the midway point of the 26-lap race, which has been reduced by a lap.
Lorenzo beat Casey Stoner's previous record of 1:28.665, set in 2008, but had to pit to remove a seagull that had lodged in his bike after a collision at the top of Lukey Heights before securing his 28th career MotoGP pole.
"We've done our best to be competitive," he said. "This lap [we did] is a lap you can only do with a PlayStation. Today we made it - we improved seven tenths [of a second] from our first ride here.
"It's impressive how much faster we can go with new tyres. We're very proud of pole, but our most important thing is tomorrow."
Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha, 1:27.899
Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda +0.221 seconds
Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha +0.748
Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Gresini Honda +0.814
Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda +0.849
Cal Crutchlow (GB) Yamaha Tech +0.910
Bradley Smith (GB) Yamaha Tech +1.042
Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati +1.396
Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati +1.761
Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati +1.857