2019 MotoGP

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.

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Tony ARBOLINOHONDA1m48.024
2Lorenzo DALLA PORTAHONDA+0.740
3Romano FENATIHONDA+1.061
4Darryn BINDERKTM+1.324
5John MCPHEEHONDA+1.458
6Gabriel RODRIGOHONDA+1.671
7Andrea MIGNOKTM+2.265
8Sergio GARCIAHONDA+2.301
9Riccardo ROSSIHONDA+2.740
10Marcos RAMIREZHONDA+2.927
11Aron CANETKTM+2.969
12Alonso LOPEZHONDA+3.134
13Tatsuki SUZUKIHONDA+3.373
14Can ONCUKTM+3.433
15Niccolò ANTONELLIHONDA+3.541
16Jakub KORNFEILKTM+3.719
17Makar YURCHENKOKTM+3.852
18Stefano NEPAKTM+3.909
19Celestino VIETTIKTM+3.925
20Filip SALACKTM+4.069
21Ai OGURAHONDA+4.499
22Tom BOOTH-AMOSKTM+4.571
23Ayumu SASAKIHONDA+4.791
24Raul FERNANDEZKTM+5.334
25Jaume MASIAKTM+5.553
26Dennis FOGGIAKTM+5.649
27Kaito TOBAHONDA+5.660
28Kazuki MASAKIKTM+6.008
29Albert ARENASKTM+6.078
Not qualified (Out 107%)
DNQ15 Rogan CHANDLERKALEX KTM+13.233

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.

PosRiderMotorcycleTime/Gap
1Jorge MARTINKTM1m45.823
2Nicolo BULEGAKALEX+0.771
3Stefano MANZIMV AGUSTA+1.138
4Xavi VIERGEKALEX+1.175
5Thomas LUTHIKALEX+1.184
6Andrea LOCATELLIKALEX+1.283
7Marco BEZZECCHIKTM+1.433
8Sam LOWESKALEX+1.507
9Alex MARQUEZKALEX+1.716
10Marcel SCHROTTERKALEX+1.810
11Remy GARDNERKALEX+1.919
12Somkiat CHANTRAKALEX+2.044
13Tetsuta NAGASHIMAKALEX+2.296
14Lorenzo BALDASSARRIKALEX+2.314
15Brad BINDERKTM+2.319
16Bo BENDSNEYDERNTS+2.518
17Jesko RAFFINNTS+2.792
18Augusto FERNANDEZKALEX+3.132
19Joe ROBERTSKTM+3.201
20Jorge NAVARROSPEED UP+3.314
21Xavi CARDELUSKTM+3.799
22Dimas EKKY PRATAMAKALEX+3.814
23Dominique AEGERTERMV AGUSTA+3.905
24Lukas TULOVICKTM+4.275
25Jake DIXONKTM+4.875
26Philipp OETTLKTM+5.384
27Adam NORRODINKALEX+6.293
28Enea BASTIANINIKALEX+7.058
29Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO

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…

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHA1m38.957
2Jack MILLERDUCATI+0.147
3Marc MARQUEZHONDA+0.385
4Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA+0.928
5Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATI+0.953
6Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHA+1.363
7Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHA+1.618
8Pol ESPARGAROKTM+1.630
9Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM+1.718
10Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATI+1.733
11Karel ABRAHAMDUCATI+1.842
12Alex RINSSUZUKI+1.903
13Johann ZARCOHONDA+2.095
14Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDA+2.116
15Joan MIRSUZUKI+2.161
16Francesco BAGNAIADUCATI+2.223
17Hafizh SYAHRINKTM+2.414
18Jorge LORENZOHONDA+3.001
19Mika KALLIOKTM+3.349
20Tito RABATDUCATI+4.590
21Andrea IANNONEAPRILIA+4.822
22Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIA+5.191

2019 MotoGP Championship Standings

PosRiderBikePoints
1Marc MARQUEZHonda350
2Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati231
3Alex RINSSuzuki176
4Maverick VIÑALESYamaha176
5Danilo PETRUCCIDucati169
6Fabio QUARTARAROYamaha163
7Valentino ROSSIYamaha145
8Jack MILLERDucati125
9Cal CRUTCHLOWHonda113
10Franco MORBIDELLIYamaha100
11Pol ESPARGAROKTM85
12Takaaki NAKAGAMIHonda74
13Joan MIRSuzuki66
14Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia47
15Francesco BAGNAIADucati37
16Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM33
17Andrea IANNONEAprilia33
18Johann ZARCOKTM27
19Jorge LORENZOHonda23
20Tito RABATDucati18
21Stefan BRADLHonda16
22Michele PIRRODucati9
23Sylvain GUINTOLISuzuki7
24Hafizh SYAHRINKTM7
25Karel ABRAHAMDucati5
26Mika KALLIOKTM2

2019 Australian GP Schedule (AEDT)

TimeClassSession
09:00Moto3FP1
09:55Moto2FP1
10:50MotoGPFP1
11:45SSP300Prac
12:15ASBKPrac
12:35Pit Lane Walk25 mins
13:15Moto3FP2
14:10Moto2FP2
15:05MotoGPFP2
15:55MotoGPTyre Test
16:25SSP300Qual
16:55ASBKQual
17:20Pit Lane Walk35 mins
17:30SSP300Race 1
TimeClassSession
09:00Moto3FP3
09:55 Moto2FP3
10:50MotoGPFP3
11:45ASBKRace 1
11:50VIP Pit Lane Walk35 mins
12:35Moto3Q1
13:00Moto3Q2
13:30Moto2Q1
13:55Moto2Q2
14:25MotoGPFP4
15:05MotoGPQ1
15:30MotoGPQ2
16:00SSP300 Race 2
16:00Pit Lane Walk 430 mins
16:15RAAF Roulettes Aerial Display 
16:35ASBKRace 2
17:00Qualifying Press Conference 

Schedule subject to change. (ASBK to be confirmed)

TimeClassSession
0850Moto3WUP
0920Moto2WUP
0950MotoGPFP4
1020MotoGPQ1
1045MotoGPQ2
1200Moto3Race
1320Moto2Race
1500MotoGPRace
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