Vinales on top in practice as wild winds whip Phillip Island
Phillip Island: Maverick Vinales has continued his barnstorming run at the Australian MotoGP by recording the fastest time in a third free practice marred by high winds and rain at Phillip Island.
The factory Yamaha star topped the standings in all three free practice sessions to storm into Saturday afternoon's second qualifying run, which will determine the final grid for Sunday's 27-lap race.
Local hope Jack Miller (Pramac Racing Ducati) is also into second qualifying after clocking the fifth-fastest time in a practice session in which 11 of the 22 riders chose not to risk putting up a time in the wild weather.
Eight-time world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) put Friday's drama, that included a minor collision with teammate Jorge Lorenzo, behind him to finish the session second quickest.
Italian superstar Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) was one of the riders who stayed rugged up in their garages, with little to be gained in the treacherous conditions.
The wind on Saturday and the heavy rain on Friday morning slowed riders and meant that the top 10 in Friday's second free practice, held in bright sunshine, advanced to second qualifying where they will fight for pole position.
The remainder of the field goes into the first qualifying session, with the top two riders earning entry into second qualifying.
Newly-crowned rookie of the year Fabio Quartararo will need to fight his way out of first qualifying, but the French sensation was at least able to put in a few laps on Saturday morning.
The 20-year-old is still on crutches after suffering a badly bruised foot in a nasty spill on Friday morning, but was cleared to ride his Petronas Yamaha SRT.
Australian Moto2 hope Remy Gardner (SAG Team) walked away from a scary crash in first free practice on Friday to post the third-fastest time in Saturday's third session.
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