Australian MotoGP, Phillip Island - Qualifying Results

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Qualifying results and grid line-up for the Saturday Sprint and main Sunday race at the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, round 16 of 20 in the 2023 world championship.

Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez lead Qualifying 1 and now join the ten fastest riders from Friday in Qualifying 2...Gale-force winds forecast for Sunday means the main Australian MotoGP race has been moved forward to Saturday afternoon, swapping places with the Sprint, which now takes over the Grand Prix slot on Sunday .

Before this afternoon's race, reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia will need to try and negotiate his way through Qualifying 1 after being left just eleventh fastest in Friday practice. Bagnaia takes an 18-point lead over Jorge Martin into this weekend, after the Pramac Ducati rider’s costly fall from the lead at Mandalika.

Marco Bezzecchi's Indonesian heroics, a week after breaking his collarbone, means the VR46 rider has closed to 45 points from Martin. Team-mate Luca Marini, who took a debut pole position at Mandalika, also expects the condition of his broken collarbone to be slightly improved. After backing out of a planned comeback in Indonesia due to pain from his recently fractured ribs, Alex Marquez will try again at Phillip Island.Last year's winner Alex Rins has withdrawn from the remainder of the Australian MotoGP weekend after suffering intense pain from his healing leg fractures. The LCR Honda rider will undergo scans to understand the exact source of the pain. Rins was 12th and top Honda on Friday.

 

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