LCR Honda’s Jack Miller treated Australian spectators in his opening practice session today, chasing down the MotoGP front-runners on home soil and concluding the session within the top five, with a 1:30.669 lap time behind Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Dani Pedrosa.
However, despite improving his fastest lap time (1:30.127), Miller was unable to retain his top five status in the second MotoGP free practice, concluding the session just outside the top ten in 11th. Miller’s fellow Aussie compatriots in the MotoGP class had a tough day at the Phillip Island circuit, with both Ant West (AB Racing Honda) and Damian Cudlin
(E-motion Iodaracing ART) wrapping up both MotoGP free practice sessions today in 24th and 25th positions respectively. In the Moto2 class Australia’s sole representative Josh Hook put his best foot forward, despite changing weather conditions during his free practice – clocking in with a 1:36.410 lap time in session one, and 1:35.291 in session two, placing him in 25th position.
In the Moto3 class, Australia’s Wildcard entries Olly Simpson (KTM) and Matt Barton (Suus Honda) had their first opportunity to perform on the world stage, however the pair were also forced to contend with the differing weather conditions. Barton had a particularly difficult morning in the first Moto3 practice session, suffering bike issues, which were not rectified until the closing stages of practice, seeing the Honda mounted rider only able to post a 1:47.534 lap time. In session two Barton took a spill in slippery conditions, however was not injured and will line up for qualifying tomorrow. For Simpson, both practice sessions provided the KTM rider with the opportunity to take in his surroundings – putting down a 1:40.940 lap time in session one, and 1:40.214 in session two, placing him in 35th position. Australia’s riders will now begin preparation for tomorrow, when qualifying sessions kick off from 1:35pm.
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