2016 Phillip Island Moto2 & Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after a wet qualifying at Phillip Island:

Frantic fifth pole position of 2016 for Brad Binder

Newly crowned Moto3 World Champion takes pole position at Australian GP in ‘smash and grab’ qualifying session. Bo Bendsneyder claims a positive fourth row.

10/22/2016 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

2016 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4: Hayden (Yes, Hayden) Leads The Way

Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion and current World Superbike rider, finished FP4 at the top of the timesheet when a fortuitous downpour ended the dry qualifying on slicks just after the American set a fast lap. World Champion Marc Marquez finished second 3.2-seconds behind. But the Spaniard might have been the real winner. His 1'40.031 on full wet tires after a rainstorm interrupted practice, was nearly a second faster than next quickest rider, Aleix Espargaro.

2016 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3 Result: Zarco Tops Frantic Last Few Minutes

The weather continues to dominate the timesheets at Phillip Island, with rain coming and going throughout the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class. The rain finally held off at the end of practice, times dropping by tenths of a second with every lap.

2016 Phillip Island MotoGP FP3 Result: Wild Weather Creates Insane Session

The weather played a major role in the third session of free practice for MotoGP, much as it had on Friday. The session was extended to a full hour because the rain had led to Friday's FP2 session being red flagged and then canceled, but the alternating wet and dry and the chase for a spot in Q2 turned almost the entire FP3 session into a frantic rush to set a fast lap. That meant there were big winners, and big losers.

2016 Phillip Island Moto3 FP3 Result: Bagnaia Leads Mahindra Clean Sweep

The weather gods are looking on Phillip Island with a little bit less disdain on Saturday morning, the Moto3 FP3 session starting on a wet track, but under a dry sky. It would not quite remain fully dry all session - spots of rain started to fall in the final minutes - but track conditions were good enough to provide consistent improvements.

2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Round Up - Rossi's Tire Troubles, Lorenzo's Woes in the Rain

Though I am not one to blow my own trumpet, my Phillip Island preview turned out to be prophetic. (Of course, it helped that my prediction was written just a few hours before the start of practice in Australia.) The Southern Ocean imposed its will on the Australian Grand Prix, and heavy rain and strong winds hampered morning practice, then caused the afternoon practice to be called off.

All three classes used their sessions in the morning, and the Moto3 class set off boldly for FP2, despite worsening conditions. They battled through to an increasingly damp finish, but the rain intensified, postponing MotoGP FP2 for some 40 minutes. Eventually, the session was given the green light, but only a few riders went out to attempt a few laps. After thirteen minutes, Race Direction decided it was too dangerous. FP2 was red-flagged, and all action canceled for the rest of the day.

The poor weather made most of the day's action meaningless, but it also had an upside. Hector Barbera finished the red-flagged FP2 session as fastest, while Mike Jones, his replacement in the Avintia team ending in second. Whatever the circumstances of the session, that goes down in the record books forever. Just as Josh Hayes timed his fast lap in morning warm up at Valencia in 2011 to perfection, and ended up quickest, Mike Jones can say he was second fastest in a MotoGP practice.