Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 1 for the Australian MotoGP at a sunny but cool Phillip Island.

Marquez plus the likes of Jack Miller, Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa remained on a medium rear tyre. Johann Zarco, Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were among those that put in a soft rear for the final minutes.

Home star Miller is returning to action after breaking his right tibia in a trials incident on September 29.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger returned to Germany on the eve of the Motegi round to undergo tests for a suspected recurrence of the Epstein Barr virus and is replaced this weekend by Broc Parkes.

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 29.602s [Lap 11/22] 328km/h (Max)
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 29.695s +0.093s [22/22] 332km/h
3. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 29.724s +0.122s [20/21] 335km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 1m 29.753s +0.151s [21/21] 336km/h
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 29.781s +0.179s [20/21] 331km/h
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 29.857s +0.255s [15/20] 334km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 29.878s +0.276s [17/18] 333km/h
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 1m 30.059s +0.457s [20/20] 328km/h
9. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 30.279s +0.677s [18/18] 333km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.384s +0.782s [21/21] 332km/h
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.400s +0.798s [21/22] 327km/h
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 30.494s +0.892s [19/19] 325km/h
13. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 30.553s +0.951s [19/21] 331km/h
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 1m 30.879s +1.277s [18/18] 335km/h
15. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 1m 31.001s +1.399s [16/18] 321km/h
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 1m 31.174s +1.572s [19/21] 331km/h
17. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 31.329s +1.727s [18/23] 332km/h
18. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 1m 31.457s +1.855s [8/12] 333km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.599s +1.997s [5/24] 323km/h
20. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 1m 31.614s +2.012s [19/22] 326km/h
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 1m 31.994s +2.392s [19/19] 330km/h
22. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 32.426s +2.824s [16/16] 322km/h
23. Broc Parkes JPN Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 33.054s +3.452s [18/19] 313km/h
* Rookie

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.

Official Phillip Island MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 28.108s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 27.899s (2013)

By Peter McLaren



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Two position better than VR if you can read.

14 of his 22 laps were 1.30.2 or below.  The only other rider to get close to his consistency appears to be MV, slightly higher in teh 1.30s, but a lot of 'em.  The other guys made stabs at fast laps, but nobody appeared to be as consistent as these two.  Not even JLo.

Repsol Honda top speeds not upto much.