Pol Espargaro, winner of two of the last three races, set the fastest lap time during Friday practice for the 125cc Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

The Derbi rider edged out Briton Bradley Smith by 0.255sec, with Nicolas Terol a fraction slower for Jack & Jones Aprilia.

Smith's Aspar Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon - who starts this weekend with a 50.5 lead over Smith and therefore with an excellent chance of securing the title - was fourth fastest, with KTM's Marc Marquez fifth.

Friday practice - Phillip Island:

1. Espargaro (Derbi)
2. Smith (Aprilia) +0.255sec
3. Terol (Aprilia) +0.282sec
4. Simon (Aprilia) +0.381sec
5. Marquez (KTM) +0.622sec
6. Cortese (Derbi) +0.646sec
7. Zanetti (Aprilia) +0.871sec
8. Rabat (Aprilia) +0.925sec
9. Corsi (Aprilia) +0.942sec
10. Vazquez (Derbi) +1.103sec

16. Webb (Aprilia) +2.047sec
22. Redding (Aprilia) +2.802sec

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