Vinales Raises the Bar on Day Two at Phillip Island

Maverick Vinales produced another astonishing display of his talent on Thursday at Phillip Island as he dominated the second day of the MotoGP pre-season test. The Spaniard lapped within a second of the fastest lap ever seen at the Australian circuit to top the timesheets, half a second clear of a chasing pack led by Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow.

Vinales was only fourth fastest on day one but Yamaha’s new signing chopped over a second off his Wednesday best with a stunning 1:28.847, six tenths faster than Marquez’s benchmark from the opening day, before going on to produce a relentless run of 1:29s laps over a longer distance. The world champion soon responded, climbing to second with his quickest lap of the week, but the Honda rider still trailed by 0.462s.

Several other riders made sizeable gains overnight with Aleix Espargaro clocking a 1:29.501 aboard his Aprilia, an improvement of 1.3 seconds, to go third fastest. The Spaniard was knocked back down the order later in the day though as Crutchlow found time, matching Marquez’s time to go third, while Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso took their Ducatis into the top five.

The next of the Yamahas came in the form of Jonas Folger whose impressive winter continued. The German rookie was seventh fastest ahead of Valentino Rossi who paid the price for failing to improve overnight, ‘The Doctor’ claiming to have gone in the wrong direction on set-up. Alex Rins was another of the day’s big movers, going from nineteenth to ninth, while Jack Miller made the top ten for the second day running.


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

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:28.847
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:29.309
335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:29.325
419. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:29.411
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:29.483
641. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:29.501
794. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:29.664
846. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:29.674
942. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:29.802
1043. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:29.838
115. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:29.880
1229. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:29.947
1317. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:30.142
149. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:30.150
1599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:30.197
1626. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:30.245
178. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Esponsorama Racing1:30.352
1845. Scott ReddingDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:30.435
1944. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:30.645
2076. Loris BazDucatiReale Esponsorama Racing1:30.852
2122. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:30.895
2238. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:31.704