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.
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the Australian Grand Prix:
GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 DUO CONTINUES THE QUEST DOWN UNDER
The spectacular scenery of Phillip Island hosts this weekend the 16th round of the 2016 Moto3 World Championship, the Australian Grand Prix. The Gresini Racing Team Moto3 heads Down Under galvanized by Enea Bastianini’s stunning victory in Japan and by the excellent fifth place collected by Fabio Di Giannantonio, tenth consecutive Top Ten finish for the 18-year-old rookie from Rome.
Press releases from the Moto2 & Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Motegi:
Bagnaia Fights For Top Ten At Japanese GP
Twin Ring Motegi, 16 October 2016: Team Aspar Mahindra rider Pecco Bagnaia claimed a fighting top-ten finish at today’s Japanese GP, coming through from 12th on the grid to tussle with the lead group, and cross the line in seventh, fending off his closest rival by one hundredth of a second.
Moto3 standings after the Japanese Grand Prix: