2013 Phillip Island MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Edges Out Marquez

The opening MotoGP free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island has been headed by Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard took advantage of the smooth new track surface and set a blistering benchmark time of 1:29.167. Rookie championship leader Marc Marquez was, as per usual right on Lorenzo's tail and finished the session in second place, less than a tenth behind his more senior compatriot. Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa made it an all Spanish top four as the only current MotoGP rider to have won a premier class race at the Australian circuit Valentino Rossi completed the top five.

Fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow ended the session in sixth place and after his podium finish last year, will look to improve and resume his positive relationship with the Phillip Island circuit. His teammate Bradley Smith finished in an impressive seventh place ahead of Nicky Hayden, top CRT rider Randy DePuniet and Andrea Dovizioso, who rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'29.167    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'29.255 0.088 0.088
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'29.831 0.664 0.576
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'30.008 0.841 0.177
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'30.053 0.886 0.045
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'30.130 0.963 0.077
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'30.361 1.194 0.231
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'30.666 1.499 0.305
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'31.280 2.113 0.614
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.295 2.128 0.015
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'31.295 2.128 0.000
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'31.458 2.291 0.163
13 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'31.557 2.390 0.099
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'31.637 2.470 0.080
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'31.766 2.599 0.129
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'31.803 2.636 0.037
17 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'32.300 3.133 0.497
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'32.341 3.174 0.041
19 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'32.741 3.574 0.400
20 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'33.165 3.998 0.424
21 23 Luca SCASSA ART 1'33.234 4.067 0.069
22 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'33.797 4.630 0.563
23 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 1'33.875 4.708 0.078
NC 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 1'35.906 6.739 2.031

 

Round Number: 
16
2013
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There goes the 5 year old records (Stoner qual and Hayden race). New pavement must be nice and grippy.

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Lap Records can only be set during the race. Qualification records during qualification. Everything else is interesting but not a matter of record.
Wait and see what Sunday brings (current forecast is for showers in the afternoon).

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That's pretty much what it is every year.

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Way to mention Hayden's race lap record. Casey has owned the field for years so I always thought it was pretty respectable that Nicky's lap record held up through the Stoner era at PI.

Seems both the SBK and now GP riders all agree the new surface is great. Don't remember if there were any wet sessions in Superbike so I wonder if it would get greasy in the rain.

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Circuit records indeed look set to tumble across all classes this weekend, that is assuming the weather permits ;)

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Dani has the lowest (max) trap speed of anyone in the top 10, including De Puniet. Odd.

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