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Alex Rins continued his strong form to take pole at the Phillip Island track Saturday. The Moto2 rookie stayed near the top of the timesheet nearly every session and led the majority of qualifying. Axel Pons grabbed a surprising second spot on the grid. Sam Lowes held on for the final spot in the front row despite a heavy, high-side crash during qualifying.
Even with four wins in 2015, it hasn't been the easiest year for Marc Marquez. Mistakes, crashes and injuries have conspired to take him out of the championship race. But they have not taken him out of championship influence. Marquez seized pole position Saturday at the Phillip Island circuit and in doing so, made the championship fight between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi that much more interesting.
Marc Marquez extended his practice dominance with a 1'29.245 lap that put him more than half a second clear of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo continued his run as the second-fastest rider at the Phillip Island circuit this year with Andrea Iannone right on his heels. Generally, FP4 is more about race pace and setup than raw qualifying speed but no one apparently told that to Marquez, the current world champion. Marquez's final five laps of the session all dipped into the 1'29s, making him the only rider to do that during FP4.
UPDATE: Danny Kent will not start the Moto3 race from pole position. After the session, Kent was penalized by race direction for riding slowly in the racing line and will start the race from seventh position. John McPhee will start from pole along with a subsequent, single-place forward adjustment to the top six qualifying riders.
Alex Rins Improved his time by half a second to grab to the top spot for the second practice in a row Saturday at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. Rins FP3 time of 1'32.883 put him two-tenths clear of Sam Lowes who finished second in both FP2 and FP3. (Lowes did top the timesheet in FP1).
Marc Marquez, who has never scored a point in his MotoGP career at Phillip Island, moved a step closer to changing his luck in the third free practice Saturday at the Australian circuit. Marquez's 1'29.081 put him four-tenths of a second clear of Cal Crutchlow (2nd) and Jorge Lorenzo (3rd). What more, Marquez's pracrice laps were consistently fast as he dropped into the low 1'30s and 1'29s regularly in the session.
Brad Binder set a scorching lapa late in the session to take the top spot Saturday during FP3 at the Philip Island Circuit in Australia. Binder's 1’36.519 was the weekend's fastest Moto3 time and put the South African two-tenths of a second ahead of Jakub Kornfeil.
Championship points leader Danny Kent grabbed the third fastest time -- a performance that is duplicated in the race Sunday would secure the Moto3 championship for the British rider.
Alex Rins saved his best for last Friday at the Phillip Island circuit, topping the timesheet on his final fast lap of the day's final free practice. Rins' 1'33.106 pushed Sam Lowes into second at the end of the session. Lorenzo Baldassarri came in third fastest, nearly two-tenths behind the leader.
Takaaki Nakagami indicated that the first free practice was no fluke by setting the fourth-fastest time, closely followed by Jonas Folger. In all, the top 17 riders were separated by less than a second at the Australian track.
Marc Marquez took advantage of a drying track to top Friday's order in the second free pactice Friday at Phillip Island. His time, 1'29.383, was nearly a second slower than his pole time from last year as the track's tricky condition kept the speed down a bit. Jorge Lorenzo, who finished the first free pactice at the top of the timesheet, managed second, just five-hundredths behind the leader.
Maverick Vinales put his factory Suzuki in the top three with a lap only a tenth from Marquez. Championship leader Valentino Rossi managed only ninth quickest.
Jorge Navarro claimed the top second free practice time Friday at the Phillip Island Circuit, finishing the blustery session at 1'37.531, a tenth of a second ahead of Brad Binder. Miguel Olivera, who finished second in Motegi last week, took third in FP2.
But on the wet and windy day, it was Oliveira with the top combined time from both practices, just ahead of points-leader Danny Kent. A technical problem prevented Kent from improving on his FP1 time from earlier in the day.
In a rain-interrupted session, Sam Lowes ended Friday's first free practice at the top of the timesheet at Phillip Island. Lowes' 1'33.658 put him two-tenths of a second ahead of a resurgent Takaaki Nakagami and another tenth clear of Jonas Folger.
The session was cut short by rain and for a short period before practice resumed. Thomas Luthi and Alex Rins rounded out the top five. Luthi finished second in last-year's race, behind Maverick Vinales. Lowes finished fifth in the 2014 contest.
Jorge Lorenzo has made his intentions clear from the start of free practice for the MotoGP class. In a session which was cut a few minutes short by rain, Lorenzo dominated, taking over at the top half way through, and ending over a third of a second faster than the rest by the end of FP1.
Miguel Oliveira has stamped his authority on the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Phillip Island. The Red Bull KTM rider picked up his pace in the second half of the session, increasing his pace lap by lap to first match the time of championship leader Danny Kent, then leave Kent behind. It was an animated Kent who returned to his garage, though he had a very strong session, leading for most of the way, and ending 2nd behind Oliveira, but more importantly, finishing half a second ahead of the man who finished in 3rd, Efren Vazquez.