An action-packed Friday in Australia saw Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo battle through changeable conditions for sixth and 16th respectively.

Phillip Island’s famously quick-changing weather gave the MotoGP World Championship a sample of the best and worst conditions on offer at the Australian circuit. In the morning the track reached just 16°C as rain fell until midday. But the lunch break brought better weather, the track warming up to 36°C as pit lane opened for Free Practice 2.

As the forecast remains stormy throughout the weekend, riders made the most of the wet morning session. Third fastest in the rain, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and his crew adapted the Honda RC213V quickly to suit the conditions. Marquez was then quick to head out on track for FP2, eager to maximize his dry track time. A best time of 1’29.421 on his 19th lap of 19 had Marquez finishing the day in sixth spot, within a tenth of second placed Dovizioso.

After some early setup changes, Jorge Lorenzo was able to consistently improve his times in both the wet and the dry. Lorenzo managed a 1’41.958 in FP1 for 18th and improved to a 1’30.706 for 16th in FP2 as he continued to assess various setup changes to suit the fast Phillip Island circuit. A switch to the softer option tyre provided Lorenzo with a significantly improved feeling.

The day finished with an additional 20-minute session, Michelin taking the opportunity to assess tyre options for the 2020 season. Times from the session did not contribute towards the top ten for Q2. Marc Marquez pulled off another incredible save during the Tyre Test Session, lifting his RC213V from 70.8° of lean angle at Turn 10 to the delight of onlookers and fans around the world.

Marc Marquez

Sixth 1'29.421

“Our feeling today was not bad, I’m happy. In our fast lap we couldn’t find the best way to have a good lap time but our rhythm is there. Honestly, I’m riding better than I expected because I knew Viñales and Yamaha would be strong here but we are not far from them. We’ll now keep working, it wasn’t a bad first day. Of course the weather is still looking very complicated for the rest of the weekend so we will have to see what happens. Today we broke another record with the save. My brother did a great save in Motegi so I had to try and equal it but I think his is still best! At the end of FP2 I came up to Jorge on my flying lap while he was going slowly, we made a bit of contact but Jorge and I already spoke about what happened.”

Jorge Lorenzo

16th 1'30.706

“Today we started in the wet and my feeling at the start was OK. In the afternoon I was struggling a bit with corner entry when using the medium tyre, but with the soft tyre I was able to go a second and a half faster straight away. It helped our position at the end quite a lot. Unfortunately, right at the end I didn’t look back to see I had three or four riders behind me, I tried to be as far on the inside as possible but Marc and I were a little too close.”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 17   Australia

Australian GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'28.824
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.496
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.501
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.503
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.520
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.597
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.612
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.648
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.894
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.967
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.051
12 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.173
13 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.346
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.602
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.617
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.882
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.035
18 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.041
19 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.116
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.580
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.635
22 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
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)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)