Jonas Folger edged out newly crowned Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese to finish Friday Practice on top at Phillip Island. The German duo topped a practice session each but Folger would set the quickest time overall, a quarter of a second ahead of Cortese and the returning Maverick Vinales.

Vinales was the source of much attention this morning following his much-publicised walk-out in Malaysia and the Spaniard was straight on the pace, going fourth in the opening session behind the Red Bull Ajo KTMs of Cortese and Danny Kent and his rival for second in the championship, Luis Salom.

Cortese looked in charge of the afternoon session as well until Folger sneaked ahead in the dying seconds, clocking a 1:39.213. Vinales got himself on terms with Cortese with his penultimate lap of the day with a half-second gap separating the top three from the rest of the pack.

After his strong morning performance, Danny Kent finished in the top four once again in FP2, albeit eight tenths down on Folger, with Romano Fenati taking fifth ahead of the star of last weekend, Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Jakub Kornfeil ended the day in seventh ahead of Efren Vazquez and Alberto Moncayo with the top ten rounded out by Louis Rossi.

Alex Marquez, younger brother of the Moto2 champion-elect Marc, had a scare in the afternoon with a heavy crash but walked away unhurt. Danny Webb had a torrid time too on his Mahindra, only taking it for six laps all day. Webb finished 32nd, seven places behind John McPhee and just ahead of wildcard debutant Sam Clarke.

 

 Moto3 AirAsia Australian Grand Prix: Combined Friday Practice Classification
Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Jonas Folger Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 1:39.213
2  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.232
3  Maverick Vinales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.282
4  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.833
5  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.054
6  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.112
7  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.156
8  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK t-shirt Laglisse +1.166
9  Alberto Moncayo FTR Honda Andalucía JHK t-shirt Laglisse +1.198
10  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.249
11  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.252
12  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.412
13  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK t-shirt Laglisse +1.413
14  Isaac Vinales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.467
15  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.527
16  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +1.645
17  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.708
18  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +1.753
19  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +2.149
20  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.288
21  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +2.300
22  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +3.028
23  Alex Marquez Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.059
24  Armando Pontone Ioda IodaRacing Project +3.193
25  John McPhee KRP Honda Caretta Technology +3.326
26  Josep Rodriguez FGR Honda Moto FGR +3.537
27  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +3.708
28  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.918
29  Luca Amato Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +4.540
30  Toni Finsterbusch Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +4.592
31  Lincoln Gilding (W) Honda K1 Racing +4.858
32  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +5.876
33  Sam Clarke (W) Honda Fastline GP Racing +6.567
34  Riccardo Moretti Mahindra Mahindra Racing +9.941