2016 Phillip Island MotoGP FP1 Result: Crutchlow Leads Rossi in Driving Rain

Miserable circumstances which got worse towards the end of the session saw the MotoGP riders start in the rain and put in a full wet session. The weather was so poor that several riders chose to limit their laps: Bradley Smith protected his injured knee by only going out at the end to test out his injury, and Jorge Lorenzo only did limited laps in the wet, and did not appear to push, ending the session in 20th.

Cal Crutchlow was fastest, the LCR Honda taking to the rain like a duck to water. The Englishman was only fractionally faster than Valentino Rossi, who in turn edged Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller put on a strong display, leading the session early until deposed by Cal Crutchlow. Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez ended the session in 5th, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.957    
2 46 *Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.998 0.041 0.041
3 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.010 0.053 0.012
4 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'41.457 0.500 0.447
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.511 0.554 0.054
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.569 0.612 0.058
7 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'41.813 0.856 0.244
8 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'42.465 1.508 0.652
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'42.956 1.999 0.491
10 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'43.012 2.055 0.056
11 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'43.070 2.113 0.058
12 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'43.132 2.175 0.062
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'43.314 2.357 0.182
14 7 Mike Jones Ducati 1'43.483 2.526 0.169
15 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'44.176 3.219 0.693
16 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'44.178 3.221 0.002
17 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'44.181 3.224 0.003
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'44.551 3.594 0.370
19 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'44.792 3.835 0.241
20 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'45.651 4.694 0.859
  38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'49.008 8.051 3.357

* Valentino Rossi was later demoted to 20th, after his first run was canceled for exceeding the maximum of 10 laps on the extra soft front wet tire

Round Number: 
16
2016
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Cold front and low are pushing through and I'd expect weather to be mostly clear by Sunday based on satellite map.  Won't be a lot of track temperature Saturday or Sunday I would think.  And not a lot of rubber laid down as a result.
Prediction, lots of front end loses in practice.

Hey David, quick question. Why were Rossi's laptime cancelled? I missed watching the stream and can't find a proper explanation for that happening. 

Apparently you can't run more than 10 laps on the super soft rain tires, but Rossi did 1 out lap, 9 full laps and 1 in lap, so the stuards cancelled his run, which put him back in 20th position for day 1.

Anyone know why Rossi's fast time from FP1 appears to have been nullified, leaving him in last place?

As I understood it, his FP1 times were wiped out because he ran more laps than were allowed (10, I believe) on the super soft Michelin.