Although he was the fastest of the Repsol YPF Honda men yesterday, Tadayuki Okada was just beaten by Alex Crivilli today. Repsol YPF Honda's 1999 500cc world champion took ninth fastest while his Japanese team-mate will start the Australian Grand Prix, the final race of the 2000 season, in tenth place on the grid. Sete Gibernau, Repsol YPF Honda's third rider, qualified 14th.
- 9th - 1'33.618
"Testing has gone well today and I was able to do my lap times easily but in the end, I failed to improve on my best time and that's a pity. Half way through the session I tried a rear tyre which wasn't really well suited to my riding style. We changed some more things on the bike but we ended up having to go back to a set-up which I had found more comfortable earlier in the week-end. We got very close to the second row and I feel optimistic for the race tomorrow. I think we can aim for the podium".
- 10th - 1'33.667
"I spent most of that session concentrating on getting the right set-up for the race because I think that it's going to be the crucial factor in tomorrow's event. That's why I didn't even use any qualifying tyres. I think we've got the bike to the stage where it's ready to race and where we can aim for a good result. We'll still be making a few adjustments in the warm-up tomorrow but I think we can end this season on a high note".
- 14th - 1'34.419
"It worked better this morning than this afternoon. I wasn't able to go any faster so I can't really explain why we haven't been able to manage a better result. To be honest, I expected to be able to lap under the 1'34 mark but we've been unable to. I'm obviously unhappy about this situation but we'll be trying very hard in the race tomorrow to make up for this".
<pre> Starting grid - Phillip Island - 500cc 1 J. McWilliams Blu Aprilia Team Aprilia 1'32.552 2 A. Barros Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'32.811 3 R. Laconi Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'32.964 4 K. Roberts Telefsnica MoviStar Suzuki Suzuki 1'33.032 5 L. Capirossi Emerson Honda Pons Honda 1'33.282 6 G. McCoy Red Bull Yamaha WCM Yamaha 1'33.312 7 C. Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'33.481 8 V. Rossi Nastro Azzurro Honda Honda 1'33.520 9 A. Crivilli Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'33.618 10 T. Okada Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'33.667 11 N. Abe Antena 3 Yamaha-d'Antmn Yamaha 1'33.711 12 M. Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'33.757 13 N. Aoki Telefsnica MoviStar Suzuki Suzuki 1'34.354 14 S. Gibernau Repsol YPF Honda Team Honda 1'34.419
Fastest lap: Jeremy McWilliams 1'32.552 Pole: Jeremy McWilliams 1'32.552 Circuit Record Lap: '99 Kenny Roberts 1932.743