Viñales on top in FP1 at Phillip Island

Daniel Herrero

Friday 26th October, 2018 - 2:52pm

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Maverick Viñales pic: MotoGP.com

Maverick Viñales has set the pace as Jack Miller went a close second in Free Practice 1 for the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Viñales set the 1:29.952s benchmark on the 11th lap of his first run, on a soft front/medium rear combination, and while that effort came within the first 20 minutes there would be none who would beat it.

Marc Marquez looked a threat to take top spot with five minutes to run but the front wheel of his Repsol Honda quickly gave way as he negotiated MG and the Spaniard went down.

Instead, it was Miller who was the second man to lap Phillip Island in sub-90 seconds as he went 0.037s shy of the #25 Movistar Yamaha.

His Pramac Ducati team-mate Danilo Petrucci was an even later improver, going faster to the first two sectors after the chequered flag but drifting to the third-fastest time, a 1:30.027s.

Andrea Dovizioso, on a factory machine, made for three Ducatis in the top four of the 45-minute session, ahead of the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow.

Rounding out the top 10 were Marquez, Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar), Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), Karel Abraham (Nieto Ducati), and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Pedrosa also crashed during the session, a fast lose at Doohan Corner just past the halfway mark.

Rossi ran off at the same spot five minutes later but kept his machine upright as he rode through the wet grass.

The session was delayed due to a long red flag in Moto3 FP1 for oil on the circuit.

While rain fell at various times in the hours preceding the first premier class hit-out, the field ran in dry, slightly overcast conditions.

Free Practice 2 is now due for a start at 1620 local time/AEDT.

Free Practice 1: Australian MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:29.952
2 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:29.989 0.037 / 0.037
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:30.027 0.075 / 0.038
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.121 0.169 / 0.094
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:30.266 0.314 / 0.145
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.384 0.432 / 0.118
7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:30.418 0.466 / 0.034
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.658 0.706 / 0.240
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:30.772 0.820 / 0.114
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:30.828 0.876 / 0.056
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:30.936 0.984 / 0.108
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.956 1.004 / 0.020
13 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.984 1.032 / 0.028
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.197 1.245 / 0.213
15 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.207 1.255 / 0.010
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:31.339 1.387 / 0.132
17 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.546 1.594 / 0.207
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:31.670 1.718 / 0.124
19 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:31.941 1.989 / 0.271
20 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.013 2.061 / 0.072
21 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:32.024 2.072 / 0.011
22 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.334 2.382 / 0.310
23 81 Jordi TORRES ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.793 2.841 / 0.459
24 7 Mike JONES AUS Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:35.012 5.060 / 2.219

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