Suzuki's Vinales pips Honda's Marquez in Phillip Island MotoGP test

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales pipped Honda's Marc Marquez to lead the second day of MotoGP's pre-season test at Phillip Island

Suzuki's Vinales pips Honda's Marquez in Phillip Island MotoGP test

Following a 'wasted' Wednesday marred by intermittent rain showers, wet weather again greeted teams and riders at the home of the Australian Grand Prix.

World champion Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were the most active during the wet opening 90 minutes - the Ducati pair sampling the new intermediate Michelin tyre - while Suzuki tester Takuya Tsuda fell in the conditions.

The key themes to watch during the Phillip Island test

As the track dried either side of a brief rain shower, Vinales was a frequent visitor to the top of the timesheets, as the first rider to break the 1m31s barrier, then dip beneath 1m30s later in the day.

Vinales was fourth when running resumed following Yonny Hernandez's fall at Turn 4 with 15 minutes to go, and then moved to the top with two minutes remaining.

His 1m29.353s lap was pipped almost immediately by Marquez who recorded a 1m29.292s, but Vinales found more time on his next lap, ending the day on top with a time of 1m29.132s - 0.148 seconds faster than Marquez's best lap during last year's Phillip Island race.

Marquez was second, 0.161 seconds behind Vinales in a promising showing following Honda's struggles at Sepang, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa was eighth, having also fallen at Turn 4 with 90 minutes left on the clock.

Lorenzo was on top of the timesheets before Vinales and Marquez improved and his 1m29.357s was ultimately good enough for third, just 0.047s ahead of Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

While Lorenzo's average advantage on the days he topped in Malaysia was one second, that margin covered the top 13 riders with several minutes to go.

Cal Crutchlow finished the day fifth, ahead of Hector Barbera, Iannone, Pedrosa, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith, with Dovizioso 12th and the busiest rider of the day, turning 88 laps.

While Redding led that tally on the opening day with 33, only Tsuda managed less than 50 on a far more productive Thursday.

THURSDAY TEST TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.131s - 64
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m29.292s 0.161s 79
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.357s 0.226s 80
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.404s 0.273s 71
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m29.671s 0.540s 61
6 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m29.854s 0.723s 54
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m29.857s 0.726s 76
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m29.917s 0.786s 55
9 Scott Redding Pramac Racing Ducati 1m29.941s 0.810s 60
10 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m29.992s 0.861s 75
11 Loris Baz Avintia Racing Ducati 1m30.134s 1.003s 54
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m30.142s 1.011s 88
13 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m30.154s 1.023s 65
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m30.156s 1.025s 63
15 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m30.385s 1.254s 53
16 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m30.509s 1.378s 56
17 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m30.514s 1.383s 58
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m30.617s 1.486s 52
19 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m30.650s 1.519s 81
20 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.599s 3.468s 48


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