Despite earlier rain proving a disturbance for the lightweight class, the breezy Phillip Island circuit allowed Moto2 riders to swap back to slick tyres barely five minutes into their final practice session. That led to only a handful of times being posted in the early stages until Marcel Schrotter decided to take the reins at the top of the pile by over a second. That gap was swiftly halved by Mattia Pasini before a couple of drops of rain made another inconsistent appearance for the day.
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Matters might have started unfolding much earlier on Saturday morning compared to one day ago but rainfall had already embraced the scenic Australian circuit. A damp surface with dry patches and light drizzle falling from the grey cloud cover provided a confusing backdrop to proceedings for the lightweight class. The rain flags came out for the first time ten minutes into the session, as Tony Arbolino was finding his way to the top of the timesheets and putting a second’s gap into the opposition led by Marco Bezzecchi.
Andrea Iannone ended Friday on top of the timesheets at Phillip Island, punching in a fast lap to take the glory at the end of the day. But the Ecstar Suzuki rider had been quick throughout the session, posting a respectable pace on hard tires.
Danilo Petrucci was second fastest on the Pramac Ducati, just ahead of of this morning's fastest rider Maverick Viñales on the Movstar Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth quickest on the factory Ducati, just as he had been in FP1.
South African Brad Binder ended Friday as the fastest Moto2 rider at Phillip Island, on the day that his fellow countryman Kork Ballington was made a MotoGP legend. Marcel Schrotter had to settle for second on Friday afternoon, over a quarter of a second behind Binder, and just ahead of Iker Lecuona, who finished third despite a fast crash at Turn 1.
Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia was fourth quickest, just a fraction slower than Lecuona, and a fraction quicker than his main title rival Miguel Oliveira.
Aron Canet finished the day as the fastest of the Moto3 riders, topping the FP2 session on a much-delayed day at Phillip Island. Championship leader Jorge Martin, who holds a single point advantage over Marco Bezzecchi, was second quickest, just ahead of Marcos Ramirez, while Bezzecchi took fourth, bouncing back from two crashes in the morning.
Maverick Viñales was fastest of the MotoGP riders, as they got their first session of practice underway at Phillip Island. The Movistar Yamaha rider topped a thankfully dry session, just holding off the joint charges of Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducatis, both of whom were with a tenth of a second of Viñales.
Marcel Schrotter topped the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Phillip Island, leading Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder and Mattia Pasini. Phillip Island's notoriously fickle weather played its usual role, holding fair until the end of the session, when rain began to fall.
Jorge Martin topped the first session of practice for the Moto3 class, when it finally got underway. CIP rider Stefan Nepa dropped oil over roughly half the track, forcing the circuit into a prolonged clean up operation. Nepa was handed a suspension for one session by the FIM Stewards for irresponsible riding, and forced to sit out FP2.
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