2019 MotoGP

Phillip Island Day One Report


In a stark contrast to this morning the sun was shining brightly across the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit when pit-lane opened for FP2 at 1505 on Friday afternoon.

Vinales had pretty much dominated FP1, while Jack Miller and Marc Marquez were also always close to the top of the time-sheets throughout the wet morning session.

Vinales had looked very comfortable on the wet track, his YZR-M1 slithering around underneath him as he put in plenty of 1m39s before underlining his wet pace with a 1m38.957s to hold off late charges from Miller and Marquez. This trio clearly had the best pace in the wet. Rossi in P4 was just under a second off his team-mate.

The big news from FP1 though was Fabio Quartararo’s crash. The young Frenchman was stretchered to the medical centre where pain-killers were administered that ruled him out of participating in FP2.  He was cleared of any broken bones but extensive bruising to his ankle was causing him great discomfort. He had been seventh in the morning session.

In the dry this afternoon half the field were into the 1m31s by lap three. Marquez then dropped in a 1m30.332s on his fourth lap, despite a massive wiggle coming on to the main straight.  Vinales was right behind him on 1m30.467s while Crutchlow, Miller and Petrucci were also now in the 1m30s.

Maverick Vinales was the first to dip into the 1m29s, a 1m29.916s on his ninth lap showcasing that wet or dry he is up to fighting for victory this weekend.

Danilo Petrucci was the second rider to drop under the 1m30s barrier, and then did it again on the next lap to better Vinales and go P1. 

That didn’t last long though as Marquez blasted across the line to a 1m29.718, only to then go quicker again at the first split before getting caught up in traffic at turn four, ruining that lap. Next time around though he bettered it to 1m29.621s.

Vinales then turned up the wick to a 1m29.195s with 20-minutes still remaining.

Jack Miller kept his powder dry until ten-minutes were left, the Aussie then shooting up to second place ahead of Marquez, a 1m29.609s to the Pramac Ducati man.

With five-minutes left on the clock riders were largely heading out of pit-lane on fresh rubber for a last charge time attack to ensure their spot in Q2 tomorrow, should Saturday turn out as wet as expected.

Petrucci jumped up the order to P2, a 1m29.327s pushing Miller back to P3. Miller retaliated, but not quite by enough, despite the Australian improving his time Petrucci remained P2 with two-minutes remaining.

Pol Espargaro then crashed while trying to improve on his best of 1m30.859s, his afternoon was done.

Maverick Vinales then smashed them with a 1m28.824s.

Marquez was on a flyer, under at the first split, then elbows out to pass his team-mate which might have cost him a little time and ruined his shot at P1. The two Repsol Honda men remonstrating with each other as they prepared for their practice start.

In the dying seconds Dovizioso shot to P2 on 1m29.320s, and Crutchlow promoted himself to P3 on 1m29.325s, pushing Petrucci back to P4 and Miller P5.

Marquez ended the session in P6 ahead of Valentino Rossi, Alex Rins and Franco Morbidelli while Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten.

Vinales on top, by half-a-second no less!

With Saturday’s weather forecast looking ugly, it is likely that today’s times will decide who and who does not automatically go through to Q2 tomorrow.

Straight after FP2 riders then participated in a 20-minute test session for Michelin, who were using the opportunity to evaluate some 2020 specification rubber. 

Marquez topped the tyre test session and pulled off another one of his ridiculous saves after losing the front. 70-degrees of lean was registering as he had the bike on his knee and elbow all the way until it almost came to a complete stop, without touching the ground. Marquez then rolled across the grass, waving to the ground as they watched on and picked their jaws up off the ground, then simply carried on to reel off more 1m29s… 

Then to add more comedy to the show a wallaby hopped across the circuit in front of a couple of MotoGP riders… Phillip Island really does have it all  🙂 


Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 M.Viñales YAMAHA 1m28.824
2 A.Dovizioso DUCATI +0.496
3 C.Crutchlow HONDA +0.501
4 D.Petrucci DUCATI +0.503
5 J.Miller DUCATI +0.520
6 M.Marquez HONDA +0.597
7 V.Rossi YAMAHA +0.612
8 A.Rins SUZUKI +0.648
9 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA +0.894
10 A.Espargaro APRILIA +0.967
11 J.Mir SUZUKI +1.051
12 K.Abraham DUCATI +1.173
13 A.Iannone APRILIA +1.346
14 F.Bagnaia DUCATI +1.602
15 J.Zarco HONDA +1.617
16 J.Lorenzo HONDA +1.882
17 P.Espargaro KTM +2.035
18 M.Kallio KTM +2.041
19 H.Syahrin KTM +2.116
20 M.Oliveira KTM +2.580
21 T.Rabat DUCATI +2.635


Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1m29.254
2 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +0.167 
3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +0.242
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +0.389
5 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +0.414 
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +0.544
7 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +0.657
8 Joan MIR Suzuki +0.728 
9 Alex RINS Suzuki +0.788
10 Jack MILLER Ducati +0.917 
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +0.999 
12 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +1.013
13 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +1.241
14 Johann ZARCO Honda +1.382
15 Mika KALLIO KTM +1.531
16 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +1.537
17 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +1.802 
18 Jorge LORENZO Honda +2.184 
19 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +2.205
20 Tito RABAT Ducati +2.575 

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


Despite his massive motorcycle destroying tumble through the gravel at Hayshed in FP1 Remy Gardner was out putting in plenty of laps in FP2. He had suffered quite a blow to his wrist in the FP1 incident but was soldiering on to ensure he gets dry set-up time under his belt. Remy finished the session in P19.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens Moto FP Remy GARDNER
Remy Gardner – Image by Rob Mott

Jorge Martin topped the FP2 session, and thus the day, from fellow Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens Moto FP Binder
Brad Binder – Image by Rob Mott

The steel trellis KTM chassis obviously coming into its own around the fast flowing circuit ahead of the Speed Up of third placed Jorge Navarro.

Iker Lecuona, who will join Miguel Oliveira in the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 MotoGP squad for 2020, was fourth quickest and Bezzechhi made it four KTM machines in the top five!

The quickest Kalex machine today was Gardner’s team-mate Nagashima.

Moto2 Results

Pos Rider  Bike Time/Gap
1 J.Martin KTM 1m33.010
2 B.Binder KTM +0.343
3 J.Navarro SPEED UP +0.395
4 I.Lecuona KTM +0.464
5 M.Bezzecchi KTM +0.471
6 T.Nagashima KALEX +0.590
7 N.Bulega KALEX +0.602
8 A.Marquez KALEX +0.665
9 J.Raffin NTS +0.718
10 S.Manzi MV AGUSTA +0.793
11 T.Luthi KALEX +0.850
12 E.Bastianini KALEX +0.862
13 A.Fernandez KALEX +0.877
14 L.Baldassarri KALEX +0.896
15 F.Di Giannanto SPEED UP +1.007
16 S.Lowes KALEX +1.092
17 B.Bendsneyde NTS +1.130
18 J.Roberts KTM +1.143
19 R.Gardner KALEX +1.169
20 L.Marini KALEX +1.174
21 X.Vierge KALEX +1.281
22 M.Schrotter KALEX +1.352
23 A.Locatelli KALEX +1.443
24 M.Pasini KALEX +1.515
25 D.Aegerter MV AGUSTA +1.877
26 P.Oettl KTM +2.236
27 L.Tulovic KTM +2.326
28 J.Dixon KTM +2.746
29 S.Chantra KALEX +2.913
30 X.Cardelus KTM +3.686
31 A.Norrodin KALEX +3.747
32 D.Ekky Pratam KALEX +4.214



After a wet morning the sun had broken through the cloud cover ahead of the second 40-minute Moto3 practice session. Spectators were swapping their raincoats for sunscreen as rider filed out of pit-lane for their first dry laps of the day.

25-year-old Scotsman John McPhee led most of the early half of the session before being shuffled down to eighth place in the latter stages.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens Moto FP A Canet
Aron Canet – Image by Rob Mott

Aron Canet headed the final timesheet on 1m36.809 from Lorenzo Dalla Porta on 1m37.090s.

MotoGP Australia Phillip Island RbMotoLens Moto FP L Dalla Porta
Lorenzo Dalla Porta – Image by Rob Mott

After suffering a crash and failing to complete a lap in FP1, local wild-card entry Yanni Shaw managed a 1m42.583s while his Kiwi team-mate Rogan Chandler clocked a 1m44.903s.

Moto3 Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A.Canet KTM 1m36.809
2 L.Dalla Porta HONDA +0.281
3 A.Arenas KTM +0.451
4 N.Antonelli HONDA +0.549
5 T.Suzuki HONDA +0.634
6 A.Migno KTM +0.740
7 J.Mcphee HONDA +0.808
8 R.Fenati HONDA +0.815
9 D.Foggia KTM +0.880
10 G.Rodrigo HONDA +0.994
11 S.Nepa KTM +1.041
12 C.Vietti KTM +1.073
13 K.Toba HONDA +1.077
14 M.Ramirez HONDA +1.100
15 D.Binder KTM +1.116
16 C.Oncu KTM +1.131
17 T.Arbolino HONDA +1.228
18 R.Fernandez KTM +1.309
19 R.Rossi HONDA +1.328
20 J.Kornfeil KTM +1.455
21 T.Booth-Amos KTM +1.750
22 S.Garcia HONDA +1.783
23 K.Masaki KTM +1.839
24 F.Salac KTM +1.856
25 J.Masia KTM +1.913
26 A.Lopez HONDA +2.121
27 M.Yurchenko KTM +2.199
28 A.Ogura HONDA +2.949
29 A.Sasaki HONDA +3.144
30 Y.Shaw KALEX +5.774


2019 Australian GP Schedule (AEDT)

Time Class Session
09:00 Moto3 FP1
09:55 Moto2 FP1
10:50 MotoGP FP1
11:45 SSP300 Prac
12:15 ASBK Prac
12:35 Pit Lane Walk 25 mins
13:15 Moto3 FP2
14:10 Moto2 FP2
15:05 MotoGP FP2
15:55 MotoGP Tyre Test
16:25 SSP300 Qual
16:55 ASBK Qual
17:20 Pit Lane Walk 35 mins
17:30 SSP300 Race 1
Time Class Session
09:00 Moto3 FP3
09:55 Moto2 FP3
10:50 MotoGP FP3
11:45 ASBK Race 1
11:50 VIP Pit Lane Walk 35 mins
12:35 Moto3 Q1
13:00 Moto3 Q2
13:30 Moto2 Q1
13:55 Moto2 Q2
14:25 MotoGP FP4
15:05 MotoGP Q1
15:30 MotoGP Q2
16:00 SSP300 Race 2
16:00 Pit Lane Walk 4 30 mins
16:15 RAAF Roulettes Aerial Display  
16:35 ASBK Race 2
17:00 Qualifying Press Conference  

Schedule subject to change. (ASBK to be confirmed)

Time Class Session
0850 Moto3 WUP
0920 Moto2 WUP
0950 MotoGP FP4
1020 MotoGP Q1
1045 MotoGP Q2
1200 Moto3 Race
1320 Moto2 Race
1500 MotoGP Race