John McPhee felt he was finally able to demonstrated his potential in 2015 as he swept to his debut grand prix pole position in Moto3 qualifying at Phillip Island.

In a season that has occasionally lacked a touch of fortune, McPhee will start from the front of the first row after Danny Kent, 0.3s faster in the afternoon session, was controversially penalised six grid positions for slowing in FP3.

Still, McPhee, who had led much of the Saturday morning session, was delighted with his overall pace aboard the 2014 Honda chassis around a track where he finished less than a quarter of a second off the race winner a year ago.

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"It's my first time on the front row this season and the first pole position of my career," beamed the Scot. "It's not exactly how you want to take it. It would have been nicer to do it on an out-and-out time but anyway, after an up and down season I'm really happy to be on the front row. We've had a stronger weekend than we've had in the last few races. Things are finally starting to move forward. I'm feeling positive for the race tomorrow.

"It's nice to turn things around and show people what we are capable of. All weekend we haven't really changed the bike. We arrived here from Japan and it just seemed to work. For that reason it gave us the chance to try some different things set-up wise which have been more positive as the weekend has gone on. I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow.

"We've definitely got the pace [for the podium fight]. We'll get the elbows out and see what we can do," said the 21-year old.