MotoGP testing: Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi at Phillip Island

Marc Marquez edged out Valentino Rossi on the opening day of the second 2017 MotoGP pre-season test at Phillip Island

MotoGP testing: Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi at Phillip Island

The Honda rider first moved to the top of the order when he set a 1m29.873s right after a red flag to repair the tyre wall at Turn 6 following falls from both Alvaro Bautista and Sam Lowes.

Marquez then improved with a 1m29.497s at the beginning of the final hour, the time leaving him almost half a second clear of the field, and proving strong enough to hold off a flurry of improvements inside the final couple of minutes.

One of those late improvements was Rossi, who went from outside the top 10 with under two hours to run to second in the final moments.

The Yamaha rider jumped up to fifth with a 1m30.305s, was shuffled back to sixth when Andrea Iannone improved two minutes from the end, and then improved to a 1m29.684s to slot in behind Marquez.

That relegated Iannone to third, the Suzuki rider having been back in 13th before his late run catapulted him to the sharp end.

New Yamaha signing Maverick Vinales finished the day fourth, after failing to improve inside the final hour.

He had two stints at the top of the times, first with a 1m30.3s just over an hour into the day, and then with the first sub-1m30s lap of the day, a 1m29.989s. He finished up with a 1m29.990s.

Cal Crutchlow, who won the 2016 race at this track, also failed to improve at the end, dropping from third with 10 minutes to go to fifth in the final standings.

Danilo Petrucci moved to fifth with two minutes to go, which dropped Dani Pedrosa down to seventh and Andrea Dovizioso down to eighth.

Jack Miller climed from from ninth to seventh with a 1m30.426s late in the day, only to be dropped back to ninth in the last-minute reshuffle.

Jonas Folger wound up 10th on the Tech 3 Yamaha, one spot clear of Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo.

WEDNESDAY TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m29.497s - 68
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.683s 0.186s 77
3 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.926s 0.429s 70
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.989s 0.492s 64
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m30.065s 0.568s 61
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m30.262s 0.765s 87
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m30.281s 0.784s 55
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m30.410s 0.913s 64
9 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 1m30.426s 0.929s 82
10 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.578s 1.081s 62
11 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m30.631s 1.134s 61
12 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m30.770s 1.273s 68
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m30.771s 1.274s 51
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m30.802s 1.305s 28
15 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.867s 1.370s 80
16 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.179s 1.682s 61
17 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m31.200s 1.703s 59
18 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m31.249s 1.752s 60
19 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.432s 1.935s 66
20 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.755s 2.258s 59
21 Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia 1m32.307s 2.810s 35
22 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m32.690s 3.193s 57

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