Phillip Island MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads practice before rain

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo led the way in first practice for MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, ahead of Marc Marquez, in a session cut short by rain

Phillip Island MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads practice before rain

While most opted to take to the track in the opening stages, Lorenzo kept a watching brief from his garage as Avintia's Mike di Meglio set the early pace.

But as times tumbled towards the end of the session, Lorenzo twice lowered the benchmark on his YZR-M1 with a brace of fastest laps, eventually setting the pace with a best lap of 1m30.047s with 10 minutes of the session remaining.

That time would remain unbeaten as the rain intensified sufficiently in the final five minutes of the session to force riders back to the pits, with long-time leader Marquez beaten into second place for Honda.

Lorenzo's team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi, who will equal Loris Capirossi's record for all-time grand prix starts this weekend, wound up third after a late improvement, ahead of the second Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Home favourite Jack Miller was an impressive fifth on his LCR Honda - and easily the fastest of the Open class runners - narrowly in front of team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

Bradley Smith, returning to the scene of his first MotoGP podium a year ago, was seventh quickest.

Italian Andrea Iannone was the fastest Ducati rider in eighth ahead of Smith's Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro, while Maverick Vinales completed the top 10.

Anthony West was 24th-fastest on his return to the championship in place of Karel Abraham while Damian Cudlin, filling in for the injured Alex de Angelis, was 25th and last as he got to grips with his ART Aprilia.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.047s - 12
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m30.395s 0.348s 15
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.572s 0.525s 15
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m30.669s 0.622s 12
5 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m30.712s 0.665s 15
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m30.782s 0.735s 19
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m30.902s 0.855s 17
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m30.967s 0.920s 15
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m31.111s 1.064s 18
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.240s 1.193s 15
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.260s 1.213s 13
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m31.385s 1.338s 16
13 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m31.506s 1.459s 18
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m31.670s 1.623s 15
15 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m31.670s 1.623s 13
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m31.702s 1.655s 11
17 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m31.772s 1.725s 15
18 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m32.121s 2.074s 16
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m32.173s 2.126s 15
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m32.589s 2.542s 15
21 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m32.756s 2.709s 15
22 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m32.959s 2.912s 14
23 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.558s 3.511s 16
24 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 1m33.790s 3.743s 20
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m36.091s 6.044s 12

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