Vinales Closes Phillip Island Test on Top

Maverick Vinales remained a step ahead of Marc Marquez as he finished the final day of the Phillip Island pre-season test on top. The Movistar Yamaha rider edged closer to lap record pace as he outpaced the reigning champion by three tenths of a second, ensuring he has now topped the timesheets at the end of all three winter tests so far.

Most of the qualifying-style runs took place during a frantic morning session as many turned their attentions to race simulations later in the day and Vinales lit up the timing screens with a succession of 1:28s in the first hour, culminating in a 1:28.549. At one stage, that left him eight tenths clear of the opposition but Marquez narrowed the gap on one his shorter bursts, clocking a 1:28.843.

No other rider could match the pace of the Spanish duo up front but no fewer than seventeen riders lapped in the 1:29s, emphasising how competitive the field looks in 2017. Dani Pedrosa heads the chasing pack in third ahead of the sensational Jonas Folger who finished fourth fastest despite a crash during the afternoon. Cal Crutchlow was fifth while Suzuki’s Alex Rins rounded out the top six despite a crash of his own, completing a fine day for the rookies.

The factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were next up in seventh and eighth with the Spaniard lapping much more consistently in the 1:29s. Jack Miller remained a fixture in the top ten after another strong showing while Aleix Espargaro confirmed Aprilia’s apparent upturn with tenth spot on a 1:29.361.


2017 MotoGP Official Pre-Season Test: Phillip Island (Day Three)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:28.549
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:28.843
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:29.033
494. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:29.042
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:29.101
642. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:29.103
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:29.248
899. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:29.342
943. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:29.358
1041. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:29.361
1146. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:29.470
1229. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:29.547
139. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:29.615
145. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:29.670
158. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Esponsorama Racing1:29.791
1644. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:29.857
1776. Loris BazDucatiReale Esponsorama Racing1:29.977
1838. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:29.978
1919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:29.984
2045. Scott ReddingDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:30.005
2122. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:30.200
2217. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:30.452