Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads practice for Honda

An early Marc Marquez lap was good enough to top the opening 45-minute practice session for MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island

Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads practice for Honda

Marquez wasted little time getting down to business when the session kicked off, the points leader consistently the first to dip into the 1m31s, the 1m30s, and then the 1m29s bracket.

By the 10-minute mark Marquez was quickest with a 1m29.722s, going quicker again five minutes later with a 1m29.699s.

Right before the 20-minute mark he lowered the benchmark to 1m29.602s on mediums front and rear, that time good enough to hold off a number of soft-tyre runs at the end of the session and leave Marquez's Honda on top.

Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco wound up best of those to have tried out the soft tyres in the closing stages of the 45-minute session, jumping into second right on the flag with a 1m29.695s.

That knocked hometown hero Jack Miller, who had gone second quickest moments before, down to third on the Marc VDS Honda.

Andrea Dovizioso was fourth quickest, after making a mistake on what looked to be a session-topping soft tyre run right at the end of the session.

The title contender was quickest through the first sector on his penultimate lap, only to run wide at Turn 4 and ruin any chance of knocking Marquez off top spot.

Maverick Vinales completed the top five, while Andrea Iannone was sixth quickest on the Suzuka, one spot clear of Pol Espargaro on the KTM.

Jorge Lorenzo was eighth, first of the riders not to break into the 1m29s.

Bradley Smith, who was first of the riders to try out the soft rear tyre, and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10.

Valentino Rossi languished outside the top 10 all session and managed just 13th, the best part of a second off the pace.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m29.602s - 22
2 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m29.695s 0.093s 22
3 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m29.724s 0.122s 21
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m29.753s 0.151s 21
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m29.781s 0.179s 21
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m29.857s 0.255s 20
7 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m29.878s 0.276s 18
8 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m30.059s 0.457s 20
9 Bradley Smith KTM 1m30.279s 0.677s 18
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m30.384s 0.782s 21
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m30.400s 0.798s 22
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m30.494s 0.892s 19
13 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m30.553s 0.951s 21
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m30.879s 1.277s 18
15 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m31.001s 1.399s 18
16 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m31.174s 1.572s 21
17 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m31.329s 1.727s 23
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m31.457s 1.855s 12
19 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m31.599s 1.997s 24
20 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m31.614s 2.012s 22
21 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m31.994s 2.392s 19
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m32.426s 2.824s 16
23 Broc Parkes Tech3 Yamaha 1m33.054s 3.452s 19

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