Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez storms to pole position at the Australian GP, timing his flying lap in Q2 to absolute perfection as he pips fellow Honda riders Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and local hero Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 MarcVDS).
Both Movistar Yamahas into Q1:
After yesterday’s torrential downpour led to the cancellation of FP2, MotoGP and Moto2 had an extended 1 hour Free practice 3 which counted towards Q1 and Q2 positions. The on-off rain and the very short span of the existence of a dry line on the track, riders risked with full slicks and made the most of it. Riders like Jack Miller, Pol and Aleix Espargaro (Tech3 Yamaha and Suzuki Ecstar) and Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Team Gresini) risked on slicks and got direct access to Q2. All went haywire in the Movistar Yamaha Garage, as their slick tire runs were imperfectly timed - justwhen the rain began to bucket down at the Phillip Island circuit. Valentino Rossi finished in 12 th and Jorge Lorenzo 21 st , a dismal weekend for the factory guys. They were joined by riders like Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales and Tech3’s Bradley Smith.
Q1: Drama and luck:
As the 15 minute Q1 session began, every viewer put their money on the Yamaha guys, but only one managed to get through to Q2- Jorge Lorenzo. After heavy rain infesting the track during the 30 minute FP4 session, the riders were greeted with sunshine and a drying racetrack, making them to gamble on tire choices. Few went out on intermediates, but Cal Crutchlow’s risky run on Slicks saw him top the timesheets by almost two seconds from Jorge Lorenzo. The Brit’s time was untouched throughout the 15 minute showdown, with 4 riders fighting for 1 seat into Q2. Valentino Rossi’s lack of front end feel in the treacherous drying conditions saw him way off the pace –2.9 seconds off Crutchlow’s pace in P5 overall. This marks Rossi’s worst Qualifying performance.