In varying weather conditions, Marc Marquez displayed a great pace on the second day of the Australian Grand Prix, topping the wet FP3 and the dry FP4 before taking a superb pole position to extend his record of poles to 72 in career, 44 in MotoGP, with seven this season and four in a row at Phillip Island.
His amazing qualifying achievement also earned him the fifth BMW M Award in succession, as the best qualifier of 2017.
Dani Pedrosa was fast enough in the wet this morning, when he set the sixth quickest lap time, but he was unable to match that speed in the dry-but-cold afternoon sessions and had to settle for the 12th best qualifying lap time.
Weather forecasts indicate continuing changeable conditions for tomorrow’s MotoGP race, which will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'28.386|
|2||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.333|
|3||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.358|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.551|
|5||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||0.578|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||Yamaha||0.644|
|7||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.817|
|8||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.885|
|9||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.935|
|10||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.043|
|11||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1.110|
|12||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.160|
|13||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'29.824 Q1|
|14||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||0.501|
|15||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||0.615|
|16||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||0.739|
|17||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.878|
|18||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.125|
|19||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1.197|
|20||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.460|
|21||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1.543|
|22||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||1.554|
|23||Lowes Sam||22||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.812|
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|
|Longest straight||0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles|
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)|