Less than a second split the top 17 as Friday in Phillip Island came to a close, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir preparing themselves for a clash of the titans alongside a number of big names in Q1. Due to extreme weather, the Australian Grand Prix will be moved to Saturday.

The Australian Grand Prix started with near ideal conditions as calm, sunny skies remaining throughout the opening day of practice – a situation which is predicted to dramatically change in just a matter of hours. Conditions meant every team had plenty of track time and in turn saw the 22 premier class riders lapping within just 1.965 seconds of each other and the top ten all within a mere half a second.

It was an ultimately frustrating day for Marc Marquez who fell twice at Turn 10, almost saving his crash in the afternoon as in 2019 and 2022. Unharmed in the falls, Marquez and his team will spend the evening working on improving the front end feel of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. A best time of 1’28.790 saw the eight-time World Champion miss a spot in the top ten by three tenths and end the day down in 16th spot.

Joan Mir and his team spent the day hunting improvements around the unique layout of Phillip Island, ending just over one second behind Brad Binder – the fastest rider of the day. Frequent changes to the bike meant Mir was unable to fully find his rhythm. Setting a fastest time of 1’29.007 had the #36 in 18th place, about half a second from the combined top ten. Sunday will be a busy day for Mir as he works to get through Q1 and prepare for the main race.

Ferocious weather predicted on Sunday has seen a revised schedule introduced and will have the full-distance Australian Grand Prix take place on Saturday with the Sprint Race moved to Sunday, scheduled to run should the weather be less than predicted. This will be the first Grand Prix to take place on Saturday since the Dutch TT in 2015.

Marc Marquez

16th 1'28.790

“I had two moments today in Turn 10, especially the second one I was almost able to save it like 2019 and 2022! The weekend is going about as we expected, I need to rebuild my confidence and the moments in Turn 10 didn’t help. Tomorrow we will try and improve my riding to make some more progress. Having the main race on Saturday will not change much for us with our situation, but all the riders and the championship were in agreement it was the best decision.”

Joan Mir

18th 1'29.007

“Today was a very hard day, when a weekend starts in a tricky way like this you have a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, our bike is not as strong here as it was in India, Motegi or Mandalika so there is more work to do for sure. You have to change the bike a lot for a track like this and we spent a lot of time doing this today. But I am not as comfortable as I want to be so we are a bit restricted here. Traction is the biggest area we need to work on. I think it’s a good decision to have the race tomorrow, already the weather has started to change.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 16   Australia

Friday Practice - Australian Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'27.943
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.148
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.269
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.279
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.420
6 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.425
7 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.509
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.510
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.513
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.513
11 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.699
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.701
13 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.713
14 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.716
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.718
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.847
17 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.994
18 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.064
19 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.221
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.768
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.807
22 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.965
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



Pole Position 1m 27.246s (183.5 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
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)
2023 Race Winner Johann Zarco (Ducati)