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Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion and current World Superbike rider, finished FP4 at the top of the timesheet when a fortuitous downpour ended the dry qualifying on slicks just after the American set a fast lap. World Champion Marc Marquez finished second 3.2-seconds behind. But the Spaniard might have been the real winner. His 1'40.031 on full wet tires after a rainstorm interrupted practice, was nearly a second faster than next quickest rider, Aleix Espargaro.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Two riders were docked starting positions late Saturday so the grid has been reshuffled. Fabio Quartararo was remanded to the rear of the grid after race direction found illegal software in the KTM's ECU. He will start at the back of the grid and every rider -- except pole-sitter Brad Binder -- will move forward one position. And Francesco Bagnaia will be docked three grid positions at the start of the race, bumping him from 9th to 12th and moving three riders forward. The qualifying chart (below) has been changed to reflect Quartararo's demotion. Bagnaia, who was found to have caused Nocolo Bulega's qualifying crash, will be docked on the starting grid and so remains in 9th until the race start.
The weather continues to dominate the timesheets at Phillip Island, with rain coming and going throughout the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class. The rain finally held off at the end of practice, times dropping by tenths of a second with every lap.
The weather played a major role in the third session of free practice for MotoGP, much as it had on Friday. The session was extended to a full hour because the rain had led to Friday's FP2 session being red flagged and then canceled, but the alternating wet and dry and the chase for a spot in Q2 turned almost the entire FP3 session into a frantic rush to set a fast lap. That meant there were big winners, and big losers.
The weather gods are looking on Phillip Island with a little bit less disdain on Saturday morning, the Moto3 FP3 session starting on a wet track, but under a dry sky. It would not quite remain fully dry all session - spots of rain started to fall in the final minutes - but track conditions were good enough to provide consistent improvements.
The rain that limited Moto3's second practice worsened and forced the cancellation of both MotoGP's and Moto2's FP2. The weather -- heavy rains, windy and cold -- is expected to improve slightly for Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions. As it stands now, Cal Crutchlow, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller are the top qualifying times based on FP1. Race direction will post a revised Saturday schedule so check back with motomatters.com for updates.
John McPhee finished first in a soaking FP2 at Phllip Island on Friday after torrential rain arrived and never left during the session. McPhee's 1'54.692 put him half a second better than Tatsuki Suzuki at the Austrailian track but still left him five seconds slower than Nicolo Bulega's 1'49 during a slightly drier FP1. Wet weather specialist Khairul Pawi -- rainy-day winner in Argentina and Germany -- rounded out the top three.
The Moto2 FP1 session started wet and the weather only got worse, the rain falling more heavily as the session went on, and the wind picking up into the bargain. The last third of the session saw riders only sporadically take to the track. Those that did risked falling: Franco Morbidelli wrote off his Estrella Galicia MarcVDS Kalex completely, while Luca Marini fell in the final seconds after his rear wheel started aquaplaning in standing water.
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.
The Phillip Island weekend kicked off with terrible weather, rain falling heavily and the wind starting to pick up. The weather made riders cautious, and the number of fallers proved them right to do so. Enea Bastianini was one of the more prominent fallers, and Brad Binder rode a bucking Red Bull KTM to make the save of the weekend so far.
The weather gave rookies the chance to shine. Nicolo Bulega ended the session as fastest, with a comfortable lead over Niccolo Antonelli. Aron Canet ended in third, ahead of Gabri Rodrigo and Andrea Migno.