The forecast rain arrived on Saturday morning at Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez quickest in the wet conditions despite a late fall.

Jorge Lorenzo suffered a much bigger accident, at Turn 8, limping away before heading to the medical centre for checks.



Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were among those denied the chance to try and break into the combined top ten due to the rain and will therefore take part in Qualifying 1.

Home star Jack 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.

FP3:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.522s [Lap 9/12] 315km/h (Max)
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 38.983s +0.461s [17/17] 320km/h
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 39.056s +0.534s [16/16] 317km/h
4. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 1m 39.212s +0.690s [17/17] 314km/h
5. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 1m 39.356s +0.834s [4/11] 327km/h
6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.556s +1.034s [15/15] 296km/h
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.704s +1.182s [12/12] 308km/h
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 1m 39.760s +1.238s [8/13] 312km/h
9. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 1m 39.802s +1.280s [14/14] 312km/h
10. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.889s +1.367s [11/11] 299km/h
11. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 1m 39.956s +1.434s [10/13] 312km/h
12. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 40.009s +1.487s [8/13] 317km/h
13. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 40.122s +1.600s [12/12] 316km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 40.162s +1.640s [7/8] 309km/h
15. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 40.204s +1.682s [11/11] 306km/h
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 1m 40.801s +2.279s [22/24] 317km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 1m 40.879s +2.357s [17/17] 313km/h
18. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 1m 41.267s +2.745s [13/15] 294km/h
19. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 41.420s +2.898s [9/14] 313km/h
20. Broc Parkes JPN Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.818s +3.296s [17/17] 302km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.822s +3.300s [16/19] 302km/h
22. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 41.886s +3.364s [10/10] 309km/h
23. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 43.415s +4.893s [4/7] 307km/h

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17)
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
5. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
6. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)
7. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
8. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)*
9. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
10. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
* Rookie

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.

Fastest Friday time:
Aleix Espargaro SPA Honda 1m 29.225s (FP2)
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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