Weather was the culprit. No track on the calendar has less predictable weather than Phillip Island and today the island was at its quirky worst. Overnight rains, which continued deep into the morning, flooded the track, forcing the start of practice to be delayed by two hours. That moved it late into the afternoon when the temperature dropped and the winds picked up. It added up to a track that started wet, got drier then windier, which contributed to the early demise of the soft Bridgestone rain tires. And the forecast for the rest of the weekend, or at least Saturday, is similar.