Marc Márquez finished third in the first Free Practice, held on a wet track. He was sixth in the second, with a dry surface.
Jorge Lorenzo moved from the eighteenth place in FP1 to the sixteenth in FP2.
As an exceptional case, today the Repsol Honda Team riders had a third Free Practice session, which did not count towards qualification for tomorrow’s Q2 sesion. In it, Márquez was the fastest man after pulling off another incredible save at turn 10 and Lorenzo eighteenth.
2019 Australian GP - Declaraciones de los pilotos
Our feeling today was not bad, I’m happy. In our fast lap we couldn’t find the best way to have a good lap time but our rhythm is there. Honestly, I’m riding better than I expected because I knew Viñales and Yamaha would be strong here but we are not far from them.
We’ll now keep working, it wasn’t a bad first day. Of course the weather is still looking very complicated for the rest of the weekend so we will have to see what happens. Today we broke another record with the save. My brother did a great save in Motegi so I had to try and equal it but I think his is still best!
At the end of FP2 I came up to Jorge on my flying lap while he was going slowly, we made a bit of contact but Jorge and I already spoke about what happened.
Today we started in the wet and my feeling at the start was OK. In the afternoon I was struggling a bit with corner entry when using the medium tyre, but with the soft tyre I was able to go a second and a half faster straight away.
It helped our position at the end quite a lot. Unfortunately, right at the end I didn’t look back to see I had three or four riders behind me, I tried to be as far on the inside as possible but Marc and I were a little too close.