Lorenzo blitzes opening practice at Phillip Island

Jorge Lorenzo sets the benchmark at Phillip Island

Jorge Lorenzo sets the benchmark at Phillip Island

Jorge Lorenzo completed a promising opening to the Tissot Australia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix by topping both free practice sessions at Phillip Island.

The Spaniard began the day with a 1:29.167s lap in the opening practice session
as he quickly found the set-up on a brilliantly fine spring day at the picturesque circuit.

Championship leader Marc Marquez ended the run in second from Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda).

In the free practice 2 Lorenzo dipped under 1:29 by spearing to a 1:28.961s to head the session from Bautista (Gresini Honda) with Dani Pedrosa third best.

It was an indifferent start for Marquez who had a spill at Lukey Heights and was unable to better his time before finishing the session sixth fastest.

Stefan Bradl was declared unfit to continue at the meeting after finishing 20th in the opening practice run.

Bradl fractured his ankle in a tumble at the Sepang circuit last weekend.

Free practice 1 

 1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:29.167s
 2 Marc Marquez Honda 1:29.255
 3 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1:29.831
 4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:30.008
 5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:30.053
 6 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha  1:30.130
 7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.361
 8 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:30.666
 9 Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1:31.280
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:31.295
11 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1:31.295
12 Alex Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1:31.458
13 Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:31.557
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:31.637
15 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:31.766
16 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:31.803
17 Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:32.300
18 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1:32.341
19 Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1:32.741
20 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1:33.165
21 Luca Scassa Cardion Aprilia 1:33.234
22 Lucas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:33.797
23 Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1:33.875
24 Damian Cudlin PBM Aprilia 1:35.906

Free practice 2

 1  Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha  1:28.961s
 2  Alvaro Bautista  Gresini Honda  1:29.438
 3  Dani Pedrosa  Honda  1:29.478
 4  Valentino Rossi  Yamaha  1:29.537
 5  Cal Crutchlow  Tech 3 Yamaha  1:29.667
 6  Marc Marquez  Honda  1:29.989
 7  Bradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha  1:30.165
 8  Randy de Puniet  Aspar Aprilia  1:30.215
 9  Nicky Hayden  Ducati  1:30.609
10  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati  1:30.754
11  Andrea Iannone  Pramac Ducati  1:30.792
12  Colin Edwards  Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1:30.917
13  Aleix Espargaro  Aspar Aprilia  1:31.091
14  Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Ducati  1:31.134
15  Hector Barbera  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1:31.286
16  Hiroshi Aoyama  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1:31.434
17  Claudio Corti  Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1:31.451
18  Danilo Petrucci  Ioda-Suter-BMW  1:31.985
19  Michael Laverty  PBM Aprilia  1:32.066
20  Luca Scassa  Cardion Aprilia  1:32.261
21  Bryan Staring  Gresini FTR-Honda  1:32.290
22  Lukas Pesek  Ioda-Suter-BMW  1:32.943
23  Damian Cudlin  PBM Aprilia  1:34.969

 

 

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