Australian GP: Revised schedule for day two in Phillip Island

After vast amounts of rain fell causing the first day of Free Practice for the MotoGP class at Phillip Island to be cut short for them, and the second Moto2 session abandoned completely, race officials have put in place a revised schedule ahead of day two of Free Practice and Qualifying ahead of the 2016 Australian GP.

Australian GP: Revised schedule for day two in Phillip Island
Australian GP: Revised schedule for day two in Phillip Island. (Image: Saeed Khan/Getty Images)

With day one of Free Practice at Phillip Island being a washout after serious amounts of rain fell throughout the day leaving standing water on track and more falling, a new revised schedule has been introduced in an attempt to give the riders more time on track.

Wet start to the day for the Moto3 class

The Moto3 class started the day off in wet conditions completing their first Free Practice session which was followed as usual by the MotoGP class and then the Moto2 class. The conditions had worsened as the day went on and there were no signs of improvement at the track on the Australian coast.

After the lunch break, the Moto3 class made their way out on to the track for their second session of the day. However the lap times had dropped significantly and the riders were unable to match the pace from the morning session; they were approximately six seconds off.

Bradley Smith [ENG] of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 during MotoGP free practice 1. | Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Bradley Smith [ENG] of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 during MotoGP free practice 1. | Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The conditions went from bad to worse until there was no choice but to abandon the day

The second Free Practice session for the MotoGP was delayed as they hoped for the weather to improve. Taking their opportunity when they could the session got underway, only a handful of riders decided to risk things and venture out on track. The session was eventually red-flagged as conditions worsened at what is already a windy track.

Officials had no choice but to abandon the rest of the day cancelling the second session for the Moto2 class altogether. To make up for the loss of track time on day one, and for those of you crazy enough to stay up and watch it like us, day two of the Australian GP at Phillip Island will go ahead as mentioned in the table below.

Basically the day will start an hour earlier than planned…

MotoGP Free Practice & Qualifying Revised Schedule

Time (GMT)

Class

Session

23:00 - 23:40 (Friday) Moto3 Free Practice 3
23:55 - 00:55 (Friday) MotoGP Free Practice 3
01:10 - 02:10 (Saturday) Moto2 Free Practice 3
03:35 - 04:15 (Saturday) Moto3 Qualifying
04:30 - 05:00 (Saturday) MotoGP Free Practice 4
05:10 - 05:25 (Saturday) MotoGP Qualifying 1
05:35 - 05:50 (Saturday) MotoGP Qualifying 2
06:05 - 06:50 (Saturday) Moto2 Qualifying
08:05 (Saturday) Press Conference