The rain arrived and with it Cal Crutchlow vied with fellow rain specialists Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci for top spot in a drenched first free practice MotoGP session at Phillip Island.

The top three appeared to pay scant regard to the conditions, which worsened as the session progressed, as they regularly swapped position at the top of the time sheets.

In the end, Crutchlow was fastest, his best time of 1m 40.957s 0.041s faster than Rossi, with Petrucci just a further 0.012s slower than his countryman.

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