Morbidelli got the day going in fine form despite tricky conditions, ending up in sixth in the rain in FP1 as he continues to gain experience of the Yamaha YZR-M1 in the wet. With the blustery seaside track’s ever-changeable weather drying out for the afternoon’s FP2, Morbidelli was also able to get some dry track time under his belt to end the day in ninth place with a lap time of 1min 29.718secs, only 0.894secs from the provisional pole position and with a Q2 spot secured should tomorrow’s forecast rain appear.
Quartararo’s day came to a premature end in the final seconds of the wet FP1 when he was caught out by conditions at Phillip Island and high-sided heavily at turn six. Undergoing medical examination afterwards, X-rays showed no fractures but he was treated for a haematoma to his left ankle. Quartararo sat out this afternoon’s FP2 and the additional 20-minute tyre test session due to the medication administered following his crash and will undergo further assessment before hopefully returning to action in tomorrow’s FP3.
The Australian Grand Prix action continues tomorrow with practice starting at 1050 local time (0750 Malaysian time) and qualifying at 1505 (1205 Malaysian time), ahead of Sunday’s 27-lap race.