The action on day one of the Australian Grand Prix was delayed until long after Moto3 FP1 was red-flagged seven minutes into the session. Stefano Nepa’s bike suffered a problem and spilled liquid on track, requiring an extensive clean-up job, while a strong downpour further complicated the situation. Consequently, the MotoGP class headed out for FP1 at 1:50 p.m. local time and for FP2 at 4:20 p.m., with both sessions luckily run in dry conditions.
Newly crowned World Champion Marc Marquez was sixth-fastest in FP1 and seventh in FP2, with teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing both sessions in 13th place.
The action for the MotoGP class will resume tomorrow at 11:55 a.m. local time.
Free Practice Classification
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)|