Australian MotoGP Free Practice Results: Vinales top, Quartararo hurt

Australian MotoGP Phillip Island - Free Practice Results: Maverick Vinales blows the opposition away as Fabio Quartararo a doubt to race after fall

Maverick Vinales - Yamaha M1

Maverick Vinales powered to the top of the timesheets in a rain affected start to the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, as Fabio Quartararo was forced to sit out the day after crashing heavily in FP1.

After rainy conditions hampered running in the morning, Vinales was on top form in the dry second session, leading the way with a 1m 28.894s to put a clear half-second between himself and the opposition on the factory Yamaha.

He might have had close competition from champion Marc Marquez had the Spaniard not been held up by his own Repsol Honda team-mate in the final sector, the lost time consigning him to sixth on the overall timesheets.

Quartararo, meanwhile, could be a doubt for the remainder of the weekend after crashing heavily in FP1 and requiring a trip to the medical centre for checks on his leg. Though he escaped serious injury, he was forced to sit out FP2, with further checks on his condition to be made ahead of FP3 before he is signed off to compete.

Andrea Dovizioso led a strong start to the weekend for Ducati, the Italian followed up by Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller in fourth and fifth, the Desmo duo beaten by leading Honda rider Cal Crutchlow in third position.

Behind Marquez, Valentino Rossi was seventh fastest on the Yamaha, with Alex Rins, Franco Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top ten and the provisional Q2 positions.

Elsewhere, Karel Abraham was an eye-catching 12th best on the Avintia Ducati, while Johann Zarco – making his debut for LCR Honda – was a solid 15th on his first outing aboard the Honda, tellingly ahead of Lorenzo.

2019 Australian MotoGP Phillip Island – Free Practice Results [Combined]

Australian MotoGP - Phillip Island Free Practice Results [Combined]
1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 28.824
2Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team GP191m 29.320
3Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda RC213V1m 29.325
4Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team GP191m 29.327
5Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati GP191m 29.344
6Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda RC213V1m 29.421
7Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 29.436
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR1m 29.472
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M11m 29.718
10Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 29.791
11Joan MirESPSuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR 1m 29.875
12Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati GP181m 29.997
13Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 30.170
14Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati GP18 1m 30.426
15Johann ZarcoFRALCR IDEMITSU Honda RC213V1m 30.441
16Jorge LorenzoESPRepsol Honda RC213V1m 30.706
17Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 30.869
18Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 30.865
19Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 30.940
20Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 31.404
21Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati GP181m 31.459
-Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M1-