Phillip Island MotoGP test: Maverick Vinales fastest for Yamaha

Maverick Vinales ended day two of Phillip Island MotoGP testing nearly half a second clear of the field for Yamaha, thanks to a stunning three-lap burst in the first hour

Phillip Island MotoGP test: Maverick Vinales fastest for Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo's replacement put together a blinding stint to string together three sub-1m29s laps in a row, doing a 1m28.896s, then 1m28.927s, and then 1m28.847s.

While all three laps would have been more than enough to leave Vinales on top of the times at the end of the day, he still came out right at the end of the session and posted another two sub-29 laps - a 1m28.888s and a 1m28.863s.

It was the third lap of that early stint that wound up being the benchmark time, Vinales sitting 0.462s clear of the field heading into the evening.

Wednesday's pacesetter Marc Marquez finished up second, despite finding more than a tenth overnight.

The Honda rider set his 1m29.309s at almost exactly the same time as Vinales was on his session-topping charge early in the day, and couldn't improve at the end despite a number of laps in the mid-1m29s.

Cal Crutchlow was third quickest on the LCR Honda. Having been one of the first to venture into the 1m29s, replacing Andrea Dovizioso on top of the times with a 1m29.661s effort right on the hour mark, Crutchlow improved to a 1m29.326s to slot in behind Vinales and Marquez.

Alvaro Bautista was the next in line with a 1m29.411s, followed by Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro, who ran a new fairing on the Aprilia.

Unlike Wednesday the string of riders to get under 1m30s ran right down to 12th place. Behind Espargaro it was Jonas Folger on the Tech3 Yamaha, followed by Valentino Rossi, who was unable to replicate the last-minute heroics that took him to second on Wednesday.

Alex Rins, who trialled a new fairing on the Suzuki late in the day, was ninth fastest, with Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, and Andrea Iannone all setting laps in the 1m29s bracket meanwhile.

Dani Pedrosa missed the majority of the day's running due to a throat infection.

The Honda rider didn't appear on track until there was just under three hours of running to go, completing 38 laps and finishing up 16th with a 1m30.245s.

THURSDAY'S TEST TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m28.847s - 80
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1m29.309s 0.462s 107
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m29.325s 0.478s 80
4 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m29.411s 0.564s 86
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m29.483s 0.636s 55
6 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m29.501s 0.654s 69
7 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m29.664s 0.817s 65
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m29.674s 0.827s 70
9 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m29.802s 0.955s 80
10 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m29.838s 0.991s 83
11 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m29.880s 1.033s 88
12 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m29.947s 1.100s 72
13 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m30.142s 1.295s 73
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m30.150s 1.303s 65
15 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m30.197s 1.350s 64
16 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m30.245s 1.398s 40
17 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m30.352s 1.505s 62
18 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m30.435s 1.588s 90
19 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m30.645s 1.798s 59
20 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m30.852s 2.005s 53
21 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m30.895s 2.048s 64
22 Bradley Smith KTM 1m31.704s 2.857s 81


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