After a delay of two hours due to horrific weather and a dirty track at Phillip Island, the first session of free practice got underway on a cold, wet and windy circuit, though the circuit started to dry out as the session progressed. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in the miserable conditions, getting his return to the track after wrapping up the 2010 world title off to a strong start. The Fiat Yamaha man was a third of a second quicker than local boy and the winner of the last races here, Casey Stoner, who in turn was just over a tenth quicker than his Marlboro Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden.
A gaggle of Hondas finished from 4th to 6th, with the San Carlo Gresini bikes of Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri ending ahead of the Repsol machine of Andrea Dovizioso, Dovizioso the first rider to be over a second behind Lorenzo. A pair of Yamahas followed the Hondas, Valentino Rossi setting the 7th fastest time, nearly a second and a half behind his Fiat Yamaha teammate, while Colin Edwards was the best part of two seconds slower than Lorenzo on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
|9||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'43.476||2.330||0.463|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'48.226|