Motorsport

Marquez tops Phillip Island opening practice

2017-10-20 07:25
Marc Marquez (Getty Images)

Phillip Island - World championship leader Marc Marquez set the fastest time in Friday's opening practice ahead of this weekend's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.

The Spanish Honda rider posted a quickest lap of one minute 29.602 seconds on a dry track ahead of Sunday's race.

Marquez, who leads the world championship by 11 points with three races left, had 0.093secs to spare over Frenchman Johann Zarco on a Yamaha in the first free practice.

Marquez topped the session despite not putting on a softer rear tyre, as did many of his rivals in the field with the possibility of rain forecast for the weekend.

Australian Jack Miller, in his first MotoGP event back since breaking a leg during training, was third-quickest, just 0.122secs behind Marquez's time.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, who downed Marquez on the final lap to win last weekend's rain-soaked Japanese GP and is second in the world championship, was fourth fastest, 0.151secs down on Marquez.

Spain's Maverick Vinales, on a Yamaha, was fifth-fastest ahead of Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.

Six-time premier class Phillip Island winner Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha, trailed in 13th place, some 0.951secs behind Marquez.

Read more on:    marc marquez  |  motorsport
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.