Munoz, López and Sargo were the fastest in Australia during mixed training

Johan Sarko – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | © Russell Colvin

David Munoz (Moto3), Alonso Lopez (Moto2) and Johan Sarko (MotoGP) were fast during the warm-up sessions at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Australia on Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning at 09:00 local time, 00:00 Dutch time, the warm-up sessions for the three Grand Prix classes began at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. It wasn’t predicted, but there was some rain at the Australian circuit in the morning, making the asphalt wet. The sun was already shining at the beginning of the first session, so the first dry tracks appeared soon.

This meant the Moto3 riders took to the track with wet tires during their ten-minute warm-up session. Due to the bright sun and wind, large areas of the circuit were already dry, but there were also many large wet spots.

In an insignificant session, David Munoz set the fastest lap time with a 1’44.725 ahead of John McPhee and Diogo Moreira. Sergio Garcia set the fourth fastest time ahead of Jame Masia and Mario Aji, followed by Alberto Zurra, Dani Holgado, Scott Ogden and Carlos Dade in the top ten.

The Moto3 race will start at 02:00 am Dutch time over 23 laps.

The track dried out further during the ten-minute warm-up session for the Moto2 class. Many drivers only came out at the end to make a test start, a session that didn’t really make drivers and teams any wiser.

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Alonso Lopez was fastest with a 1’36.848 ahead of Aaron Canet and Pedro Acosta. Niccolò Antonelli set the fourth lap time ahead of Bo Bendsneyder and pole sitter Fermín Aldeguer, with Manuel González, Philippe Salac, Keminth Kubo and Somkiat Sandra rounding out the top ten.

Aaron Canett did what many drivers and teams feared in the final stages. The Spaniard drove at a snail’s pace through Turn 10 (MG Corner) where the rear of his Kalex gave out and he was thrown with a good high-sider. Fortunately he was not injured, but it could have been a serious injury.

The Moto2 race will start at 03:20 Netherlands time over 25 laps.

However, the weather conditions changed quickly and as the MotoGP riders hit the track for their 20-minute warm-up session, the weather began to pour on the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. This meant that slicks were definitely out of the question in this session and the drivers were unable to make a final assessment before the race.

Within minutes a significant layer of water covered the track and the drivers took to the track to complete a few laps in the rain, although the race was expected to dry out.

The conditions were treacherous and that’s what Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez experienced. The Frenchman was unable to stop his Yamaha YZR-M1 at Turn 1 (Doohan Corner) and had to go straight onto the wet grass, where he managed to keep the machine upright.

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Things went wrong for Marc Marquez a few minutes later, with the Spaniard driving slowly into Turn 2 (Southern Loop) before the rear of his Honda RC213V gave out and he was thrown with a high-sider.

In the end, Johann Zarko was fastest in this session with a 1’36.804, which he drove early in the session when the track was not yet wet. Behind him, Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo set second and third lap times, while Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Darin Binder, Pol Espargaro, Jorge Martin and Joan Mir rounded out the top ten.

The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 05:00 am Dutch time.

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