The first day of free practice has taken place in Phillip Island with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez leading the way. Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished 6th in the combined times.

In typical fashion the weather has been very changeable, with cold and windy conditions in this morning’s FP1 and rain arriving at the end of the session. Then in FP2 the sun came out allowing the riders to work on their setup in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying and also test the asymmetric front tyre.

The times were very close with thirteen riders within 0.9 seconds of each other but Marc topped the time sheets with his lap of 1’29.383 (lap 17/19). Dani was just 0.297 behind his teammate with 1’29.876 (lap 18/19).

Marc Marquez

1st 1’29.383

"It was a good day overall. The morning session was a bit tricky because there was some light rain, but you could still go fast. In the afternoon we worked a lot on setting the bike up for the race, because it will be held at a similar time, and I think we took a step forward. Once again, Jorge is very fast, but we are working well, we have good pace and were able to set a good lap. What is important is that the changes we have made to the setup of the bike have allowed us to improve."

Dani Pedrosa

6th 1’29.876

"Today we started to work on the setup of the bike, trying to think about tomorrow and Sunday's race, and we tested the asymmetrical front tyre. We have to keep working because we had some difficult conditions in the morning. Although it was clearer in the afternoon, there was still not much grip and we could not make much headway. Let's see if tomorrow the track is in better condition and we can improve."

MotoGP 2015
Practice Round 16   Australia

Results Session

Sunny (FP2)
Humidity
81%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'29.383
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'29.433
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'29.518
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'29.544
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'29.579
6 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'29.876
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.021
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'30.032
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.041
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'30.113
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'30.127
12 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Aspar Team Honda 1'30.184
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'30.278
14 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'30.451
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'30.552
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.660
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'30.773
18 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'30.910
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'31.260
20 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'31.339
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'31.577
22 Elias Toni 24 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.122
23 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.309
24 West Anthony 13 AUS AB Motoracing Honda 1'32.592
25 Cudlin Damian 55 AUS E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'34.479
Location Information

Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.

Length 4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 7
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles
Constructed 1956
Modified 1988

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps

www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

Records

Pole Position 1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap 1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time 40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2016 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)