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).
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 27.246s (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)|