Moto3 standings after Phillip Island:
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
SUNDAY UPDATE: Two riders were docked starting positions late Saturday so the grid has been reshuffled. Fabio Quartararo was remanded to the rear of the grid after race direction found illegal software in the KTM's ECU. He will start at the back of the grid and every rider -- except pole-sitter Brad Binder -- will move forward one position. And Francesco Bagnaia will be docked three grid positions at the start of the race, bumping him from 9th to 12th and moving three riders forward. The qualifying chart (below) has been changed to reflect Quartararo's demotion. Bagnaia, who was found to have caused Nocolo Bulega's qualifying crash, will be docked on the starting grid and so remains in 9th until the race start.
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.
Press releases from the Moto2 teams after a rain-hit first day of practice in Australia:
Downpour Down Under takes centre stage at Phillip Island
Rain, low temperatures and wind affect first day of free practice at Phillip Island for Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder.
10/21/2016 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia
John McPhee finished first in a soaking FP2 at Phllip Island on Friday after torrential rain arrived and never left during the session. McPhee's 1'54.692 put him half a second better than Tatsuki Suzuki at the Austrailian track but still left him five seconds slower than Nicolo Bulega's 1'49 during a slightly drier FP1. Wet weather specialist Khairul Pawi -- rainy-day winner in Argentina and Germany -- rounded out the top three.
The Phillip Island weekend kicked off with terrible weather, rain falling heavily and the wind starting to pick up. The weather made riders cautious, and the number of fallers proved them right to do so. Enea Bastianini was one of the more prominent fallers, and Brad Binder rode a bucking Red Bull KTM to make the save of the weekend so far.
The weather gave rookies the chance to shine. Nicolo Bulega ended the session as fastest, with a comfortable lead over Niccolo Antonelli. Aron Canet ended in third, ahead of Gabri Rodrigo and Andrea Migno.