A day after Marc Marquez demonstrated unmatchable pace in Free Practice and Qualifying, Jorge Lorenzo threw his hat into the ring for a race win at Phillip Island by showing increased speed in morning warm-up.

Marquez led the Sunday morning session, his final lap ensuring he finished a tenth of a second faster than the Majorcan but until then the pair could be barely be separated.

Lorenzo underlined the importance of Sunday's race after qualifying, stating the world title would be "nearly impossible" if he did not beat team-mate Valentino Rossi in Australia.

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The Majorcan posted a twelve-lap run that didn't quite match Marquez's dozen in terms of consistency. However, until Marquez's last lap just 0.04s kept the top two apart.

Indeed Lorenzo will also be heartened by Valentino Rossi's inability to match his speed. The Italian ended the session in sixth, his best lap 0.4s slower than his championship rival's.

Andrea Iannone was third fastest, having posted his two fastest times when in Lorenzo's tow. The Movistar Yamaha crew signalled to their rider the Italian was behind for the second day in succession, only for Lorenzo to continue. Was he showing Iannone the way in the hope the Italian can take vital points away from Rossi?

Dani Pedrosa was fourth with Pol Espargaro a place behind. Cal Crutchlow maintained his weekend long speed in seventh with Scott Redding also showing well in ninth.

There was another worrying moment for Bradley Smith on his out lap. The Englishman's M1 got out of shape at MG forcing him off track in an incident that was reminiscent of his spill in FP4.

1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Pol Espargaro
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Cal Crutchlow
8. Maverick Vi?ales
9. Scott Redding
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Hector Barbera
12. Danilo Petrucci
13. Yonny Hernandez
14. Bradley Smith
15. Nicky Hayden
16. Jack Miller
17. Alvaro Bautista
18. Mike Di Meglio
19. Aleix Espargaro
20. Stefan Bradl
21. Eugene Laverty
22. Loris Baz
23. Toni Elias
24. Anthony West
25. Damian Cudlin