2019 MotoGP

Phillip Island Day One Report


MotoGP

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  🙂 


 

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1M.ViñalesYAMAHA1m28.824
2A.DoviziosoDUCATI+0.496
3C.CrutchlowHONDA+0.501
4D.PetrucciDUCATI+0.503
5J.MillerDUCATI+0.520
6M.MarquezHONDA+0.597
7V.RossiYAMAHA+0.612
8A.RinsSUZUKI+0.648
9F.MorbidelliYAMAHA+0.894
10A.EspargaroAPRILIA+0.967
11J.MirSUZUKI+1.051
12K.AbrahamDUCATI+1.173
13A.IannoneAPRILIA+1.346
14F.BagnaiaDUCATI+1.602
15J.ZarcoHONDA+1.617
16J.LorenzoHONDA+1.882
17P.EspargaroKTM+2.035
18M.KallioKTM+2.041
19H.SyahrinKTM+2.116
20M.OliveiraKTM+2.580
21T.RabatDUCATI+2.635

 

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Marc MARQUEZHonda1m29.254
2Andrea IANNONEAprilia+0.167 
3Maverick VIÑALESYamaha+0.242
4Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati+0.389
5Danilo PETRUCCIDucati+0.414 
6Cal CRUTCHLOWHonda+0.544
7Valentino ROSSIYamaha+0.657
8Joan MIRSuzuki+0.728 
9Alex RINSSuzuki+0.788
10Jack MILLERDucati+0.917 
11Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia+0.999 
12Franco MORBIDELLIYamaha+1.013
13Hafizh SYAHRINKTM+1.241
14Johann ZARCOHonda+1.382
15Mika KALLIOKTM+1.531
16Karel ABRAHAMDucati+1.537
17Francesco BAGNAIADucati+1.802 
18Jorge LORENZOHonda+2.184 
19Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM+2.205
20Tito RABATDucati+2.575 

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

Moto2

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

PosRider BikeTime/Gap
1J.MartinKTM1m33.010
2B.BinderKTM+0.343
3J.NavarroSPEED UP+0.395
4I.LecuonaKTM+0.464
5M.BezzecchiKTM+0.471
6T.NagashimaKALEX+0.590
7N.BulegaKALEX+0.602
8A.MarquezKALEX+0.665
9J.RaffinNTS+0.718
10S.ManziMV AGUSTA+0.793
11T.LuthiKALEX+0.850
12E.BastianiniKALEX+0.862
13A.FernandezKALEX+0.877
14L.BaldassarriKALEX+0.896
15F.Di GiannantoSPEED UP+1.007
16S.LowesKALEX+1.092
17B.BendsneydeNTS+1.130
18J.RobertsKTM+1.143
19R.GardnerKALEX+1.169
20L.MariniKALEX+1.174
21X.ViergeKALEX+1.281
22M.SchrotterKALEX+1.352
23A.LocatelliKALEX+1.443
24M.PasiniKALEX+1.515
25D.AegerterMV AGUSTA+1.877
26P.OettlKTM+2.236
27L.TulovicKTM+2.326
28J.DixonKTM+2.746
29S.ChantraKALEX+2.913
30X.CardelusKTM+3.686
31A.NorrodinKALEX+3.747
32D.Ekky PratamKALEX+4.214

 


Moto3

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

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1A.CanetKTM1m36.809
2L.Dalla PortaHONDA+0.281
3A.ArenasKTM+0.451
4N.AntonelliHONDA+0.549
5T.SuzukiHONDA+0.634
6A.MignoKTM+0.740
7J.McpheeHONDA+0.808
8R.FenatiHONDA+0.815
9D.FoggiaKTM+0.880
10G.RodrigoHONDA+0.994
11S.NepaKTM+1.041
12C.ViettiKTM+1.073
13K.TobaHONDA+1.077
14M.RamirezHONDA+1.100
15D.BinderKTM+1.116
16C.OncuKTM+1.131
17T.ArbolinoHONDA+1.228
18R.FernandezKTM+1.309
19R.RossiHONDA+1.328
20J.KornfeilKTM+1.455
21T.Booth-AmosKTM+1.750
22S.GarciaHONDA+1.783
23K.MasakiKTM+1.839
24F.SalacKTM+1.856
25J.MasiaKTM+1.913
26A.LopezHONDA+2.121
27M.YurchenkoKTM+2.199
28A.OguraHONDA+2.949
29A.SasakiHONDA+3.144
30Y.ShawKALEX+5.774

 


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