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)
|1||25. Maverick Vinales||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:28.549|
|2||93. Marc Marquez||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:28.843|
|3||26. Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:29.033|
|4||94. Jonas Folger||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:29.042|
|5||35. Cal Crutchlow||Honda||LCR Honda||1:29.101|
|6||42. Alex Rins||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:29.103|
|7||4. Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:29.248|
|8||99. Jorge Lorenzo||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:29.342|
|9||43. Jack Miller||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:29.358|
|10||41. Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:29.361|
|11||46. Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:29.470|
|12||29. Andrea Iannone||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:29.547|
|13||9. Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:29.615|
|14||5. Johann Zarco||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:29.670|
|15||8. Hector Barbera||Ducati||Reale Esponsorama Racing||1:29.791|
|16||44. Pol Espargaro||KTM||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||1:29.857|
|17||76. Loris Baz||Ducati||Reale Esponsorama Racing||1:29.977|
|18||38. Bradley Smith||KTM||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||1:29.978|
|19||19. Alvaro Bautista||Ducati||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||1:29.984|
|20||45. Scott Redding||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:30.005|
|21||22. Sam Lowes||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:30.200|
|22||17. Karel Abraham||Ducati||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||1:30.452|