The forecasted rain welcomed the riders for the opening morning of the weekend as the riders tackled a wet, breezy and cold Phillip Island. Marquez was the early pacesetter before Viñales strung a handful of fast laps together to sit P1. And he would stay there, with Australian Miller getting ahead of Marquez to sit P2 at the end of FP1. However, Friday morning ended badly for Quartararo. The Frenchman suffered an off-throttle highside at Turn 6 with just under three minutes remaining, heading to the medical centre for a check-up.