Marc Marquez has promised not to jeopardise Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP title chances by taking unnecessary risks if the pair become embroiled in a final lap tussle at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Marquez, who qualified on pole after lapping three tenths faster than the Movistar Yamaha rider, cannot retain his world crown and said he will 'take a little bit care' if he comes up against Lorenzo or championship leader Valentino Rossi in a battle for victory.

At the post-qualifying press conference, the 22-year-old joked that there would be no repeat of Jerez 2013, when he famously clashed with Lorenzo on the final lap as they fought for the win.

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"Of course, if you have a face to face last lap, you will take a little bit care - it will not be like Jerez 2013, don't worry!" said Marquez. A smiling Lorenzo was quick to chip in: "I hope, I hope."

Marquez continued: "We will take more care but we will try to be there and to fight and do our race and try to be in front of them, but of course it will be difficult; if it's last lap, in some brake points, we must be clear."

Marquez has yet to finish a MotoGP race at Phillip Island never mind win but the Honda star looks poised to go close on Sunday after finding a big improvement with his RC213V.

"Why, I don't know [never won a race at Phillip Island in MotoGP] because it's one of my favourite tracks and always I feel very strong and fast; in 2013 we know what happened [disqualified after missing pit-stop cut-off point to change bikes] and 2014 I crashed and I was leading the race by four seconds," Marquez said.

"We will try to do a great race but it will be difficult because Jorge for sure will have something more; he is fighting for the title and he will be really strong, but we will try to manage well the race and hope minimum to be on the podium, then if we can be at the top, sure it will be better."