Vinales dominates Friday to head Dovizioso and Crutchlow

Maverick Vinales on rain tires
Maverick Vinales on rain tires

Phillip Island’s famously quick-changing weather gave the MotoGP World Championship a sample of the best and worst conditions on offer at the Australian circuit. In the morning the track reached just 16°C as rain fell until midday. But the lunch break brought better weather, the track warming up to 36°C as pit lane opened for Free Practice 2.

As the forecast remains stormy throughout the weekend, riders made the most of the wet morning session.

Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) went fastest in the wet and dry conditions on Friday at the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to dominate the opening day proceedings. A 1:28.824 was 0.496 better than second fastest Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in a dry FP2, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) completing the top three.

Fastest in the wet was Vinales and, pretty much straight out the gate in FP2, the Spaniard was straight down to business to sit at the top of the times. It could be the only dry session of the weekend ahead of the race, so the riders were busy trying different tire options to try and get a good idea of what to use on Sunday, if it’s dry of course.

On the hard-hard combination, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went fastest but with 15 minutes to go Vinales slammed in a time almost half a second quicker on the medium-hard Michelin tires to move the goalposts.

Friday Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha 1'28.824
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.496
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.501
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.503
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.520
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.597
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha 0.612
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.648
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.894
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.967
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.051
12 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.173
13 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.346
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.602
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.617
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.882
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory KTM 2.035
18 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory KTM 2.041
19 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.116
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.580
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.635
22 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha No Time

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