Although MotoMatters.com's very own photographer Scott Jones is unable to make the long trek across the Pacific to Phillip Island, we have some help from a local. Andrew Gosling of TBGSport is on hand, braving the elements to bring us shots from the edge of the Bass Strait. We think you'll like them:
Cold, wet, windy. About as much fun as it sounds
The conditions may have bothered Jorge Lorenzo, but it didn't prevent from being fastest
Bradley Smith is from England. So it may not surprise you to learn he was fastest in the cold and rain
Mika Kallio leaves the pits for FP1. He'll be leaving the team after Phillip Island
The Rizla Suzukis are not carrying Rizla sponsorship in Australia, because of problems with smoking.
Ben Spies thought better of the weather, and didn't spend much time on track on Friday
If there was a prize for playing your cards close to your chest, Jerry Burgess would win it. He still hasn't confirmed he will be going to Ducati with Valentino Rossi.
Wayne Maxwell is one of the two Australians joining Ant West in Moto2
Plenty of room round the outside at Phillip Island
Ready to go
When length is needed, wrap the pipes around
Seagulls aren't the only avian menace on the Island. Jules Cluzel shows off another
Fonsi Nieto's team have a joke about his dodgy ankle
Rossi, ready to rock
So's his teammate ...
It's definitely warmer in the garages. But Nicky Hayden was still plenty fast on track.