The opening day of the Australian Grand Prix took place in cool but dry conditions, allowing the riders to start the work on the setup of their bikes in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying.

After setting the quickest lap time in the FP1 session, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez concluded the day in second position, just 0.005” down on provisional pole-setter Aleix Espargaro.

Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa improved his speed throughout the day and finished ninth in the combined times, less than half a second from the top.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'29.230

“I’m happy with today because we started with a good base setup in FP1 and I immediately felt good on the bike. Our pace was fast and we were able to do some good work with the tyres. Anyway, I think for tomorrow we can try and further improve the setup, especially the stability of the bike in the fast corners. There are a few places where we could be quicker if we can manage to take another step in that area. The temperature was cold and the wind was quite strong, and sometimes it almost made the front fold. But that’s normal here at this track, and you must try to find a compromise with the setup in order to minimize these factors.”

Dani Pedrosa

9th 1'29.702

“Well, today was a little bit difficult to immediately find the right setting. We tried a few things, but we still have margin to improve. We were able to try a few tyres but we still have to make a few adjustments on the setup. In the afternoon the asphalt was a bit warmer than in the morning, but the wind and the cloudy skies made the temperature colder. For the moment we’re suffering a bit too much spinning and we have to improve the front feeling. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to take a step forward.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 16   Australia

Free Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
62%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'29.225
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.005
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.097
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.104
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.198
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.241
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.379
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.442
9 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.477
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.535
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.595
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.752
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.762
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.821
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.860
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.915
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.044
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.049
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.321
20 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.457
21 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.552
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2.463
23 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.927
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)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)