Ducati's Andrea Iannone incurred the wrath of Jorge Lorenzo after twice following the Movistar Yamaha rider in final qualifying to haul himself into second place on the front row at Phillip Island.

Lorenzo berated the Italian on his slowing down lap, but the pair shook hands at the press conference afterwards and Iannone admitted he had gained 'two or three tenths' by chasing after the MotoGP title challenger in Q2.

"Sure, Jorge [Lorenzo] helped me with the first and second tyre, so he was a really big help to improve two or three tenths more than my best lap time," he said.

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"So this is really important, is the key, because in the race it is really important you start in the front because in the first two or three laps, especially Jorge, Marc [Marquez] are really strong and for sure for me it is important to start from the first row.

"But the race tomorrow is different because I hope to challenge for the podium and for sure, I want. The feeling with the bike is not so bad."

Iannone set an identical lap time to Lorenzo in 1m 28.680s as he finished three tenths back on pole man Marc Marquez, but the factory Ducati rider also expects Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi - who qualified fourth and seventh respectively - to have a big say in the Sunday's race.

"I think it is a really difficult race, 27 laps is a lot, so for sure it is not so easy because the pace is really strong and for sure I want to try my best," said Iannone.

"I will do the maximum for sure to challenge with Marc and Jorge, also Vale and Dani, because in the race I am sure they will stay with us, but OK - I will try my best and I hope to stay on the podium."