Crutchlow Quickest on Rain-Hit Friday in Australia

Cal Crutchlow set the fastest time on Friday at Phillip Island but the opening day of practice was completely disrupted by torrential rain in Australia. FP1 took place in wet conditions but an even heavier downpour in the afternoon saw FP2 virtually washed out, leading to a revision of Saturday’s timetable.

Crutchlow, who triumphed in similar conditions at Brno back in August, set the pace ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi but the Movistar Yamaha rider wouldn’t remain in third place overall. The Italian was one of several riders to run Michelin’s new super-soft front tyre in the wet conditions but riders were not allowed to complete more than ten laps on the compound, an instruction Rossi didn’t follow. As a result, all lap times from that run were deleted, relegating him to 20th place.

To make matters worse for the factory Yamaha squad, Jorge Lorenzo encountered more problems in wet conditions, leaving him nineteenth overall, and if conditions don’t improve in time for Saturday morning’s final practice session, both Lorenzo and Rossi face the prospect of competing in Qualifying 1.

Home favourite Jack Miller moved up to third at Rossi’s expense with newly crowned champion Marc Marquez in fourth, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales, the two men that joined him on the podium last weekend at Motegi. Pol Espargaro was seventh fastest while both Aprilia riders head into FP3 in the top ten, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl sandwiching Repsol Honda returnee Nicky Hayden in eighth and tenth.

FP3 will now take place 9:55am local time on Saturday morning with the session extended to one hour.


2016 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Free Practice Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
135. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:40.957
29. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:41.010
373. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.457
493. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:41.511
54. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:41.569
625. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:41.813
744. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:42.465
819. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:42.956
969. Nicky HAYDENHondaRepsol Honda Team1:43.012
106. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:43.070
1168. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:43.132
1245. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:43.314
137. Mike JONESDucatiAvintia Racing1:43.483
1476. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:44.176
1553. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:44.178
1650. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:44.181
1741. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:44.551
188. Hector BARBERADucatiDucati Team1:44.792
1999. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:45.651
2046. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:47.225
2138. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:49.008