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Marc Marquez once again demonstrated he is a man for all seasons after he topped a wet MotoGP morning warm-up at a blustery, cold Phillip Island.

It comes as no surprise to see the championship leader topping the time sheets by three tenths of a second after his recent wet weather form; to see Maverick Viñales close behind was, with the 22-year old appearing to make strides with wet set-up.

Viñales remained on track for the entire 20 minutes, lapping just behind – and then in front of – Marquez, appearing smooth and consistent throughout. The front row starter knows only too well today’s race is the final roll of the championship dice.

Dani Pedrosa was a heartening third, less than half a second back of team-mate Marquez, after what has been a trying weekend, with home hero Jack Miller showing yet more promise in fourth, a remarkable achievement after breaking his right tibia just 24 days ago.

A day on from securing KTM’s best ever qualifying position in the dry, Pol Espargaro was fifth fastest in the rain, with title contender Andrea Dovizioso showing steady, if not explosive, wet weather speed in sixth.

Wet weather specialists Danilo Petrucci and Sam Lowes were seventh and eighth, with Hector Barbera and Andrea Iannone completing the top ten.

Cal Crutchlow was the only faller this morning, the Englishman coming undone after a low speed fall at Siberia. His recent issues in the rain showed no sign of abating either, the 31-year old posting the 13th fastest time.


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