The fastest motorcycle at Phillip Island on Friday was the Moto2 machine of Alex de Angelis, as weather conditions improved rapidly in the late afternoon at the Australian track.

All practice sessions had earlier been delayed by several hours due to a heavy storm at the seaside circuit, but the weather improved notably towards the end of the MotoGP session and the following Moto2 competitors were able to ride on slick tyres.

With temperatures still only twelve degrees, but sun occasionally breaking through the clouds and shadows visible on track, de Angelis - who took his first Moto2 podium last Sunday at Sepang - dominated the second half of the hour.

The Sammarinese was briefly toppled by Scott Redding in the closing stages, but returned his JiR MotoBI to the front by just 0.018sec in the final minute.

Redding, who may be joined by de Angelis in the Marc VDS team next season, was 0.384sec ahead of Fonsi Nieto (Holiday Gym) with former title contender Julian Simon fourth for Aspar.

Surprise Sepang winner Roby Rolfo was eighth fastest, while new world champion Toni Elias spent the first half of the session smiling and waving from the Gresini Moriwaki pits, before taking to the track and claiming a relaxed 15th place.

Friday practice - Phillip Island:

1. de Angelis (MotoBI) 1m 36.295s
2. Redding (Suter) +0.018s
3. Nieto (Moriwaki) +0.402s
4. Simon (Suter) +0.474s
5. Iannone (Speed Up) +0.726s
6. Cluzel (Suter) +0.928s
7. di Meglio (Suter) +0.934s
8. Rolfo (Suter) +1.001s
9. Corti (Suter) +1.061s
10. Luthi (Moriwaki) +1.132s