Phillip Island threw up another dose of its unpredictable weather today, with Free Practice delayed by 2 hours. However, when it did get underway, it was FIAT Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo who started as he means to go on, topping the timesheets at the end of the day.

With the pressure of the championship now off his shoulders, Lorenzo can get on with the business of enjoying his racing, Today was the first day on the bike after we won the title and I am still very happy. We can’t stop now, we have to keep going and finish this season in the best way possible, working for the future.” said Jorge.

“The conditions today were really hard – wet, cold and windy. I am very happy to be so fast in rain, because it didn’t use to be this way, but we need to be prepared because it could be a hard weekend. I would like to ride in the dry, of course, but we will have to wait and see what happens.”

For Valentino Rossi, things weren’t so easy. Hoping to continue where he left off in Malaysia last weekend, the FIAT Yamaha rider had a torrid time in the weather. Finishing the day in 7th place, the Italian is confident in his base setting and will use tomorrows sessions to develop the bike setup further.

“This weather is unbelievable and it was really at the limit of what you can race motorcycles in today.” said Rossi. “It’s even more amazing because yesterday was beautiful! I hope it will be better tomorrow but it doesn’t look too hopeful. My setting here in the wet was okay and I feel quite happy on the bike, but I didn’t want to push too hard in these conditions. I think we can improve it more, but we need to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow. We hope for sun!”