Standing in his way is some tough opposition. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts second and has shown top pace all weekend, with French fighter Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the front row.
But when asked in the press conference who was the biggest threat for the win, the hot pick was in fact the man who heads up Row 2 - Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar).
The 'Maniac' has been on top of or close to the top of the timesheets all weekend and looks a key threat on race day.
Iannone had taken provisional pole part-way through the session but he was then quickly ousted by Zarco as P1 chopped and changed.
An enthralling session ended with Marquez, Vinales and Zarco on that front row, with Iannone missing out by just 0.007 seconds.
Fellow Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins will start from P5, with Miller grabbing P6 in front of his home fans.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will aim to challenge for a podium from seventh on the grid as he leads an all-Italian third row, with the 'Doctor' having been on the podium in the premier class at Phillip Island 15 times out of 18.
He's joined on the row by Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) who was top Ducati, and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in P9 after 'DesmoDovi' took his worst qualifying result of the season.