The 40 year-old, 50 foot IOR Doug Peterson design was competing in her first Australian race
and after missing the Rolex Sydney Hobart due to damage on the delivery to the start line.
Hamilton hoped the Australian race
would be his launch pad as championship favourite but he was told by his Mercedes team to switch off the engine on the first lap.
Marquez, who leads Lorenzo by 43 points and can wrap up the world title in his rookie season in Sunday's Australian race
, had twice gone under Stoner's lap record before he was trumped late in the session by Lorenzo.
Last month, it was reported that Australian race
organisers had confirmed that they had lost their regular status as the first race, and that Bahrain would instead stage the curtain-raiser for next year on March 2.
Also produced by Sonja Armstrong and Alan Erson is the three-part series The Great Australian Race
Riot, which looks at the history of tribe-on-tribe street fighting as a vicious but vital part of the way Australia really works, revealing a remarkably consistent window into who we are.
The Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley in September also becomes the first Australian race
in the series.
Dermot Weld is also planning a return trip with Profound Beauty after her fifth-placed finish in the big Australian race
Corporate guests and visitors will have the opportunity to watch the action throughout the Australian race
weekend from the finest settings complete with hospitality and added benefits including the opportunity to network with other corporate guests.
The triple Olympic medallist, who is using the six-stage south Australian race
to warm up for the Euro-pean season, finished the 144 kilometres from Glenelg to Victor Harbor 30 seconds behind new race leader Spain's Luis Sanchez.
This conference commemorates the twentieth anniversary of a national conference, Land Rights and the Future of Australian Race
Relations, organised by the James Cook University Students Union and the Townsville Treaty Committee in Townsville on 28n30 August 1981, out of which the Mabo case evolved.