An ultra consistent Maverick Vinales has set a new fastest ever lap for a Moto3 machine around the Phillip Island circuit on his way to topping Friday's second free practice session. His time of 1:38.198 put him two hundredths of a second ahead of both Jonas Folger and Zulfahmi Khairuddin in second and third places respectively. It was an extremely promising showing from Khairuddin following the disappointment of missing his home GP last week after being declared unfit to race. His team mate and morning pace setter Luis Salom was a further hundredth behind in fourth.
Ever improving FTR Honda rider Niccolo Antonelli ended the session in fifth place ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins. Rins had a premature end to the session after encountering bike troubles following an off track excursion to avoid Niklas Ajo, who had crashed ahead of him. Brad Binder, Ajo and Alex Marquez rounded out the top ten.
There were crashes in quick succession for RW Racing GP team mates Jasper Iwema and Jakub Kornfeil in the second half of the session. Both riders were unharmed, but the RW team will have their work cut out to get both bikes repaired. As mentioned previously, Niklas Ajo also had a big crash in the final minutes of the session, the young Finn was pushing hard for a final quick lap, he too was unhurt.
|2||Jonas Folger||Kalex KTM||1:38.220s|
|5||Niccolò Antonelli||FTR Honda||1:38.383s|
|11||Isaac Viñales||FTR Honda||1:39.096s|
|12||Jack Miller||FTR Honda||1:39.129s|
|13||Romano Fenati||FTR Honda||1:39.179s|
|15||Lorenzo Baldassarri||FTR Honda||1:39.207s|
|16||Alan Techer||TSR Honda||1:39.261s|
|19||Philipp Oettl||Kalex KTM||1:39.323s|
|20||Francesco Bagnaia||FTR Honda||1:39.374s|
|21||Alexis Masbou||FTR Honda||1:39.406s|
|22||Luca Gruenwald||Kalex KTM||1:39.455s|
|23||Jasper Iwema||Kalex KTM||1:39.462s|
|24||John McPhee||FTR Honda||1:39.563s|
|26||Eric Granado||Kalex KTM||1:39.709s|
|27||Jakub Kornfeil||Kalex KTM||1:39.767s|
|28||Matteo Ferrari||FTR Honda||1:39.909s|
|29||Livio Loi||Kalex KTM||1:39.942s|
|30||Toni Finsterbusch||Kalex KTM||1:40.234s|
|31||Juanfran Guevara||TSR Honda||1:40.298s|
|32||Hyuga Watanabe||FTR Honda||1:40.612s|
|33||Hafiq Azmi||FTR Honda||1:41.535s|