Marquez takes pole for Australian Moto GP

Miller was strong at home a year ago

Miller was strong at home a year ago

Confident in being able to fight through the pack and battle with championship rival Marc Marquez, Dovizioso's afternoon got off to a poor start when he ran wide at the Doohan corner on lap two - though he does not consider this to be the main detrimental factor to his race.

In the race at Phillip Island Circuit on Sunday (10/22/2017), Marc Marquez had to compete fiercely with other riders.

"Everything and anything", Miller replied when asked what he was capable of at his home grand prix after qualifying.

"My goal is to try to get a decent start, not get caught up in anything on that first lap". In the race I was just waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting.

"We did really good races this year at tracks where we weren't fast in the past, but this track has a particular characteristic and the turning is so important".

"I think a top-five (finish) would be lovely, but anywhere inside that top-eight I'd be happy with". "For sure my mistake in the early stages of the race complicated things and maybe even the choice of rear tyre was not the best one, but on this track our bike is still struggling a lot".

Marquez, who leads the world championship by 11 points with three races left, had 0.093secs to spare over Frenchman Johann Zarco on a Yamaha in the first free practice.

Marquez finally managed to win the battle and emerged victorious.

"I'm happy with the pace", Marquez said, adding: "(I'm) happy with my rhythm, so tomorrow we will just have to wait and see with the weather".

Australian Broc Parkes, a replacement rider for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, finished last.

Australia's Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) will start from 16th on the Moto2 grid, with Italian Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) claiming pole.

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