Spaniard Jorge Martin sets lap record and takes Australian MotoGP pole position

Spaniard Jorge Martin erased the lap record at Phillip Island to secure pole position in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Ducati rider surpassed the mark set by legendary compatriot Jorge Lorenzo in 2013 with a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday.

Martin – who had never raced at the Victoria circuit until Friday – clocked a lap of one minute and 27.767 seconds to take pole ahead of reborn MotoGP icon Marc Marquez.

“He (Lorenzo) won’t be super happy, but for sure it’s time to break those records because the bikes are much faster now,” Martin said.

“I was a little lost [on Friday] because this track is so fast, so first time here, but today I had a good pace.”

Marquez, a six-time champion, also broke Lorenzo’s previous record despite having a mid-session scare.

Marquez pulled off a masterful save, keeping his Honda upright after looking ready to crash, before steering the bike into the grass.

A three-time Australian GP winner, Marquez is the defending champion at Phillip Island after taking the checkered flag the last time the race was held in 2019.

Title contenders Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo qualified third and fifth respectively.

Australian Jack Miller will start his home GP from eighth on the grid despite an impressive session, the first since the famous circuit’s fourth corner was named in his honor on Saturday.

The in-form Miller is looking to break through for his first MotoGP victory on home soil after finishing third in the race three years ago.