Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Phillip Island:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Phillip Island:
Despite earlier rain proving a disturbance for the lightweight class, the breezy Phillip Island circuit allowed Moto2 riders to swap back to slick tyres barely five minutes into their final practice session. That led to only a handful of times being posted in the early stages until Marcel Schrotter decided to take the reins at the top of the pile by over a second. That gap was swiftly halved by Mattia Pasini before a couple of drops of rain made another inconsistent appearance for the day.
South African Brad Binder ended Friday as the fastest Moto2 rider at Phillip Island, on the day that his fellow countryman Kork Ballington was made a MotoGP legend. Marcel Schrotter had to settle for second on Friday afternoon, over a quarter of a second behind Binder, and just ahead of Iker Lecuona, who finished third despite a fast crash at Turn 1.
Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia was fourth quickest, just a fraction slower than Lecuona, and a fraction quicker than his main title rival Miguel Oliveira.
Marcel Schrotter topped the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Phillip Island, leading Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder and Mattia Pasini. Phillip Island's notoriously fickle weather played its usual role, holding fair until the end of the session, when rain began to fall.
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Darryn Binder set for Australian adventure after podium at Motegi
Moto2 standings after the race in Motegi: