Vinales tops wet opening morning at Phillip Island | Miller P2

Phillip Island Day One Midday Report

It was a hot spring day that greeted competitors and team as they set-up for the weekend proceedings, but this morning it was overcast with intermittent drizzle.

Moto3 FP1

When the Moto3 riders went out at 0900 the track was very wet indeed. One of the first to fall victim to the conditions was local wild-card entrant Yanni Shaw. He was up uninjured but failed to register a time in the session. His fellow Double Six Motorsport wild-card and team-mate for the weekend Rogan Chandler managed seven laps with a best of 2m01.257s. 

Tony Arbolino topped Moto3 FP1 from fellow Honda rider rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Romano Fenati made it a Honda 1-2-3, Arbolino’s morning wet benchmark a 1m48.024s.

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA 1m48.024
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA HONDA +0.740
3 Romano FENATI HONDA +1.061
4 Darryn BINDER KTM +1.324
5 John MCPHEE HONDA +1.458
6 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA +1.671
7 Andrea MIGNO KTM +2.265
8 Sergio GARCIA HONDA +2.301
9 Riccardo ROSSI HONDA +2.740
10 Marcos RAMIREZ HONDA +2.927
11 Aron CANET KTM +2.969
12 Alonso LOPEZ HONDA +3.134
13 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA +3.373
14 Can ONCU KTM +3.433
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI HONDA +3.541
16 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +3.719
17 Makar YURCHENKO KTM +3.852
18 Stefano NEPA KTM +3.909
19 Celestino VIETTI KTM +3.925
20 Filip SALAC KTM +4.069
21 Ai OGURA HONDA +4.499
22 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM +4.571
23 Ayumu SASAKI HONDA +4.791
24 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +5.334
25 Jaume MASIA KTM +5.553
26 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +5.649
27 Kaito TOBA HONDA +5.660
28 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +6.008
29 Albert ARENAS KTM +6.078
Not qualified (Out 107%)

Moto2 FP1

Conditions were similar when Moto2 hit the track at 0940 and Remy Gardner quickly established himself as the man to beat.

The pace hotted up in the second half of the session and the young Australian was overhauled by Bulega, Bezzecchi, Chantra and Binder pushing him back to fifth with 20-minutes remaining in the 40-minute opening practice session.

Chantra then added his name to the long list of fallers in the treacherous conditions, immediately followed by Brit Jake Dixon. 

With three-minutes remaining in the session Gardner had slipped outside the top ten. The 21-year-old was then put in a last ditch effort to improve his standing before suffering a hefty fall at Hayshed. It was a big tumble, the front end ripping out of his machine, but the young Aussie, seemingly, escaped any major injuries.

Surviving the carnage to claim top spot for the morning was Jorge Martin, a 1m45.832 on his 16th and final lap of the session good enough to demote Bulega to P2.

Pos Rider Motorcycle Time/Gap
1 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1m45.823
2 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX +0.771
3 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA +1.138
4 Xavi VIERGE KALEX +1.175
5 Thomas LUTHI KALEX +1.184
6 Andrea LOCATELLI KALEX +1.283
7 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +1.433
8 Sam LOWES KALEX +1.507
9 Alex MARQUEZ KALEX +1.716
10 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX +1.810
11 Remy GARDNER KALEX +1.919
12 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX +2.044
13 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX +2.296
14 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI KALEX +2.314
15 Brad BINDER KTM +2.319
17 Jesko RAFFIN NTS +2.792
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX +3.132
19 Joe ROBERTS KTM +3.201
20 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP +3.314
21 Xavi CARDELUS KTM +3.799
22 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA KALEX +3.814
23 Dominique AEGERTER MV AGUSTA +3.905
24 Lukas TULOVIC KTM +4.275
25 Jake DIXON KTM +4.875
26 Philipp OETTL KTM +5.384
27 Adam NORRODIN KALEX +6.293

MotoGP FP1

Jack Miller was quick out of the blocks when FP1 got underway and held sway at the top of the time-sheets for the opening ten-minutes of the session before Marc Marquez went quicker on lap six.

It was somewhat of a strange sight seeing Johann Zarco’s #5 on the front of an LCR Honda blasting around the circuit. The Frenchman was already looking quite comfortable.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens motoGP FP Johan Zarco
Johann Zarco on the LCR Honda – The Frenchman finished in P13 – Image by Rob Mott

Maverick Vinales then bested them both when he became the third man to lap under the 1m40s barrier. 1m39s on what was still a very wet track throwing up spray is hard to get your head around.

Vinales slithered a few of those 1m39s in, dropping another tenth here and there the 24-year-old Spaniard was putting on an exciting show. It is amazing to think Vinales is still that young, he already seems like somewhat of a MotoGP veteran. Halfway through the session he became the first to drop in a 1m38s, lowering the benchmark further.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens MotoGP FP Maverick VINALES
Maverick VInales – Image by Rob Mott

While Vinales put in plenty of laps, most of MotoGP’s heavy hitters had been in their pit-box watching the show on their monitors. Marquez then went out as Vinales came in. 15 minutes later and Marquez had still not bested Vinales’ time.  Late in the session though Jack Miller improved and pushed the World Champion back to P3.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens MotoGP FP Marc Marquez Jack Miller Rossi
Marquez leads Miller and Rossi in FP1 – Image by Rob Mott

Valentino Rossi was on the improve though, up to fourth place.

Vinales went out with a few minutes remaining in the session and was immediately under his time through the first series of splits, only to be spoiled by traffic in the final section and failed to improve.

Nonetheless the Spaniard’s earlier benchmark proved good enough to hold sway and claim FP1 honours from Miller with Marquez third. Danilo Petrucci was P5 ahead of Franco Morbidelli.

Fabio Quartararo was seventh on the timesheets before throwing it away at turn six. The young Frenchman looked hurt and was carried away on a stretcher and sent to the medical centre.

Pol Espargaro took P8 ahead of fellow KTM rider Miguel Oliveira and the #4 Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten, and thus the last provisional automatic entry to Q2 on Saturday afternoon. That could be crucial depending on what the weather does this afternoon, as by the forecast, Saturday could be very wet indeed…

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA 1m38.957
2 Jack MILLER DUCATI +0.147
3 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA +0.385
4 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA +0.928
5 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI +0.953
8 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +1.630
9 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +1.718
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI +1.733
11 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI +1.842
12 Alex RINS SUZUKI +1.903
13 Johann ZARCO HONDA +2.095
15 Joan MIR SUZUKI +2.161
16 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI +2.223
17 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +2.414
18 Jorge LORENZO HONDA +3.001
19 Mika KALLIO KTM +3.349
20 Tito RABAT DUCATI +4.590
21 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA +4.822

2019 MotoGP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 350
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 231
3 Alex RINS Suzuki 176
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 176
5 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 169
6 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 163
7 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 145
8 Jack MILLER Ducati 125
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 113
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 100
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 74
13 Joan MIR Suzuki 66
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 47
15 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 37
16 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 33
17 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 33
18 Johann ZARCO KTM 27
19 Jorge LORENZO Honda 23
20 Tito RABAT Ducati 18
21 Stefan BRADL Honda 16
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati 9
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 7
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 7
25 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 5
26 Mika KALLIO KTM 2

2019 Australian GP Schedule (AEDT)


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