Martin and Arbolino fastest in Moto2 and Moto3 categories.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has edged out home hero Jack Miller (Pramac Miller) in a wet FP1 session at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The Spaniard recorded a time of 1m38.957s, just a fraction ahead of Miller’s 1m39.104s. Recently-crowned world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) concluded the top three with a time of 1m39.342s.
Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), who’s set to start his 400th grand prix this weekend, was fourth followed by Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team).
The top 10 was rounded out by Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – who as transferred to hospital after a nasty highside – Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3), and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). In his return to riding, and on debut with LCR Honda, Johann Zarco completed the session in 13th.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin topped the Moto2 timesheets in FP1, setting a time of 1m45.823s. He was well clear of Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward).
Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Tom Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) were fourth and fifth respectively, as Australian Remy Gardner (SAG Racing) was 11th fastest, however suffered a heavy fall in the session.
In the Moto3 category, Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) was fastest ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) and Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers), as the top five was completed by Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing).
Australian wildcard Yannis Shaw (Double Six Motor Sport) didn’t make it out in the session, while New Zealand’s Rogan Chandler (Double Six Motor Sport) was classed as ‘not qualified’ in the session.