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2018 Phillip Island World Superbike Tuesday Test Times: Rea Leads The Way Once Again

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Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea returned to the top of the timesheets on the second day of the test at Phillip Island on Tuesday. Despite a small crash in the morning, Rea took a commanding lead over his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, who was two tenths slower than Rea.

Marco Melandri couldn't match his pace from Monday, dropping to third overall on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale. The Italian stays second overall in the combined standings, however. Eugene Laverty made a huge step forward on the second day of the test, the SMR Milwaukee Racing rider putting the Aprilia RSV4 into fourth, less than half a second behind the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea. 

Laverty just nipped ahead of Xavi Fores on the Barni Ducati, the Spaniard just two thousandths of a second slower than the Irishman. The two Pata Yamahas took sixth and seventh, Michael van der Mark once again finishing ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes by nearly a quarter of a second. Leon Camier put the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR into eight place, within a second of fastest man Rea, and fractionally ahead of Loris Baz on the Althea BMW S1000RR. 

The teams and riders have two days to rest and recover, and pore over the data collected during the test. The season starts for real on Friday, when practice gets underway for the first race of the 2018 WorldSBK season at Phillip Island.

Times from Tuesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.598    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.804 0.206 0.206
3 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.053 0.455 0.249
4 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.074 0.476 0.021
5 12 Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.076 0.478 0.002
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.131 0.533 0.055
7 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.370 0.772 0.239
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:31.537 0.939 0.167
9 76 Loris Baz BMW S 1000 RR SBK 1:31.542 0.944 0.005
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.579 0.981 0.037
11 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.614 1.016 0.035
12 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.822 1.224 0.208
13 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 1000 F4 SBK 1:31.866 1.268 0.044
14 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.069 1.471 0.203
15 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.288 1.690 0.219
16 17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.297 1.699 0.009
17 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.453 1.855 0.156
18 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.520 1.922 0.067
19 47 Wayne Maxwell Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.651 2.053 0.131
20 99 Patrick Jacobsen Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.663 2.065 0.012
21 25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.828 2.230 0.165
22 37 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.143 2.545 0.315

Combined times from both days:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.598    
2 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:30.726 0.128 0.128
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.804 0.206 0.078
4 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.074 0.476 0.270
5 12 Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.076 0.478 0.002
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.131 0.533 0.055
7 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.370 0.772 0.239
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:31.537 0.939 0.167
9 76 Loris Baz BMW S 1000 RR SBK 1:31.542 0.944 0.005
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.579 0.981 0.037
11 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.614 1.016 0.035
12 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.822 1.224 0.208
13 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 1000 F4 SBK 1:31.866 1.268 0.044
14 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.069 1.471 0.203
15 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.288 1.690 0.219
16 17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.297 1.699 0.009
17 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.453 1.855 0.156
18 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.520 1.922 0.067
19 47 Wayne Maxwell Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.651 2.053 0.131
20 99 Patrick Jacobsen Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.663 2.065 0.012
21 25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.828 2.230 0.165
22 37 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.143 2.545 0.315
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2018 Phillip Island World Supersport Tuesday Test Times: Krummenacher Leads Yamaha Clean Sweep

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Randy Krummenacher leads a clean sweep of the Phillip Island World Supersport test for Yamaha. After a difficult year in WorldSBK, the Swiss rider has got his step back to the WorldSSP class off to a strong start, beating both the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP riders. Lucas Mahias took second, ahead of his teammate Federico Caricasulo. Newcomer Sandro Cortese got his WorldSSP career off to a strong start, ending the test in fourth on the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6.

Fan favorite Ant West was the fastest non-Yamaha, the EAB West Racing rider putting the Kawasaki ZX-6R into fifth, half a second behind Krummenacher, and just ahead of Luke Stapleford on the Profile Racing Triumph 675. Raffaele De Rosa was seventh quickest on the MV Agusta, a fraction faster than former multiple WorldSSP champion Kenan Sofuoglu on the Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Testing is now finished, and the riders have two days off before practice starts for the first race of the season at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Tuesday times:

Pos No-Bike Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 21 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.499    
2 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.547 0.048 0.048
3 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.643 0.144 0.096
4 11 Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.871 0.372 0.228
5 13 Anthony West Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.038 0.539 0.167
6 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:34.074 0.575 0.036
7 3 Raffaele De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 SSP 1:34.081 0.582 0.007
8 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.161 0.662 0.080
9 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.227 0.728 0.066
10 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.507 1.008 0.280
11 66 Niki Tuuli Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:34.555 1.056 0.048
12 94 Mike Di Meglio Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.864 1.365 0.309
13 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:34.954 1.455 0.090
14 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F3 675 SSP 1:35.047 1.548 0.093
15 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:35.056 1.557 0.009
16 84 Loris Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.140 1.641 0.084
17 7 Tom Toparis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.490 1.991 0.350
18 36 Thomas Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.670 2.171 0.180
19 74 Jaimie van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.672 2.173 0.002
20 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.698 2.199 0.026
21 65 Michael Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.912 2.413 0.214
22 38 Hannes Soomer Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.191 2.692 0.279
23 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.511 3.012 0.320
24 9 Aidan Wagner Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:37.025 3.526 0.514

Times from both days:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 21 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.499    
2 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.547 0.048 0.048
3 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.643 0.144 0.096
4 11 Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:33.871 0.372 0.228
5 13 Anthony West Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.038 0.539 0.167
6 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:34.074 0.575 0.036
7 3 Raffaele De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 SSP 1:34.081 0.582 0.007
8 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.161 0.662 0.080
9 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.227 0.728 0.066
10 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.507 1.008 0.280
11 66 Niki Tuuli Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:34.555 1.056 0.048
12 94 Mike Di Meglio Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.864 1.365 0.309
13 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:34.954 1.455 0.090
14 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F3 675 SSP 1:35.031 1.532 0.077
15 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:35.056 1.557 0.025
16 84 Loris Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.140 1.641 0.084
17 7 Tom Toparis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.490 1.991 0.350
18 65 Michael Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.655 2.156 0.165
19 36 Thomas Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.670 2.171 0.015
20 74 Jaimie van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.672 2.173 0.002
21 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.698 2.199 0.026
22 38 Hannes Soomer Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.191 2.692 0.493
23 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.511 3.012 0.320
24 96 Andrew Irwin Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.716 3.217 0.205
25 9 Aidan Wagner Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:37.025 3.526 0.309
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2018 Phillip Island World Superbike Monday Test Times: Melandri Takes Charge As Rea Takes A Tumble

Marco Melandri has struck the first blow on the opening day of a two-day test for the WorldSBK class at Phillip Island. The Aruba.it Ducati rider was over a third of a second quicker than second place man Tom Sykes on the factory Kawasaki. In turn, Sykes was two tenths faster than his teammate, reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea.

The Kawasaki men both suffered crashes at Turn 11, with Rea having a very large highside which persuaded him to skip the second session on Monday afternoon. His time in the first session was good enough to keep his third place.

Leon Camier made a very solid debut on the Red Bull Honda, the Englishman ending eight tenths behind Melandri on Monday. The Red Bull Honda team are sticking with Cosworth electronics for the opening two rounds, while American PJ Jacobsen starts the development of the Magneti Marelli, which the Red Bull riders will take over once the WorldSBK paddock returns to Europe.

Michael van der Mark was the first Yamaha rider in fifth, nine tenths slower than Melandri, and Xavi Fores was the second man home on a Ducati Panigale, the Barni Racing Team rider the last man to get within a second of the test leader.

Times at the end of Monday:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:30.726    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.067 0.341 0.341
3 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.259 0.533 0.192
4 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:31.554 0.828 0.295
5 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.682 0.956 0.128
6 12 Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.706 0.980 0.024
7 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.873 1.147 0.167
8 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.914 1.188 0.041
9 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 1000 F4 SBK 1:31.946 1.220 0.032
10 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:32.054 1.328 0.108
11 76 Loris Baz BMW S 1000 RR SBK 1:32.157 1.431 0.103
12 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:32.451 1.725 0.294
13 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.750 2.024 0.299
14 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.801 2.075 0.051
15 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:33.058 2.332 0.257
16 47 Wayne Maxwell Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.180 2.454 0.122
17 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:33.290 2.564 0.110
18 37 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.298 2.572 0.008
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:33.535 2.809 0.237
20 17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:33.652 2.926 0.117
21 25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:34.069 3.343 0.417
22 99 Patrick Jacobsen Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:34.410 3.684 0.341
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2018 Phillip Island World Supersport Monday Test Times: Yamahas Dominate On Opening Day Of Test

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Lucas Mahias got his WorldSSP title defense off to a strong start in Phillip Island, topping the first day of testing ahead of this weekend's season opener at the Australian track. Despite strong winds blowing down the Gardner Straight and making life difficult in both the first and final sectors of the track, Mahias ended up a couple of hundredths ahead of his teammate, Federico Caricasulo.

Luke Stapleford took third place on the Triumph 675, holding off a strong challenge from Sandro Cortese on the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6, the German having switched from Moto2 for the 2018 season. Kenan Sofuoglu took fifth spot.

The risk of the final test being so close to the first race weekend was demonstrated by Andrew Irwin. The Northern Irishman suffered a big crash on the Honda CBR600RR, breaking his hand in the process, and ruling himself out of Sunday's race.

Times after two sessions of testing on Monday:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.088    
2 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.109 0.021 0.021
3 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:34.410 0.322 0.301
4 11 Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.447 0.359 0.037
5 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.565 0.477 0.118
6 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.703 0.615 0.138
7 21 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.844 0.756 0.141
8 13 Anthony West Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.956 0.868 0.112
9 3 Raffaele De Rosa MV Agusta F4 RC SSP 1:35.011 0.923 0.055
10 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F4 RC SSP 1:35.031 0.943 0.020
11 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.074 0.986 0.043
12 94 Mike Di Meglio Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.115 1.027 0.041
13 66 Niki Tuuli Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.311 1.223 0.196
14 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.397 1.309 0.086
15 65 Michael Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.655 1.567 0.258
16 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:36.152 2.064 0.497
17 36 Thomas Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:36.197 2.109 0.045
18 74 Jaimie van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.215 2.127 0.018
19 7 Tom Toparis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.318 2.230 0.103
20 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.413 2.325 0.095
21 84 Loris Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:36.491 2.403 0.078
22 38 Hannes Soomer Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.716 2.628 0.225
23 96 Andrew Irwin Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.716 2.628 0.000
24 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:37.457 3.369 0.741
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test: Pedrosa Fastest Overall, Syahrin Most Improved

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Dani Pedrosa leaves the MotoGP test in Thailand as fastest over all three days, the Repsol Honda rider posting his best time of the test late on Sunday afternoon. Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco did much the same, beating the best time of Marc Marquez set on Saturday.

Most riders set their quickest time on Sunday, with a few exceptions in the top ten. Marquez (third), Jack Miller (sixth), Maverick Viñales (eighth) and Danilo Petrucci (ninth) all set their best times on Saturday, though Miller's quickest time on Sunday was just five thousandths of a second slower than his time from the day before.

Hafizh Syahrin was the most improved rider, unsurprising given this was his first time on a MotoGP bike. But the Malaysian rider made a solid debut on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, finishing ahead of Xavier Simeon on the Avintia Ducati and Karel Abraham on the Angel Nieto Team Ducati. 

Mika Kallio was second in the improvement stakes, but as KTM's test rider, that was to be expected, given the extensive test program he ran on different days. Johann Zarco was third most improved, beating his Friday time by 1.438 on Sunday, while the three Honda rookies Taka Nakagami, Tom Luthi, and Franco Morbidelli all improved by over a second, as did Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Combined times from all three days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Best day
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:29.781     Sunday
2 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:29.867 0.086 0.086 Sunday
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:29.969 0.188 0.102 Saturday
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.064 0.283 0.095 Sunday
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.178 0.397 0.114 Sunday
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.185 0.404 0.007 Saturday
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.192 0.411 0.007 Sunday
8 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.274 0.493 0.082 Saturday
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.367 0.586 0.093 Saturday
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.456 0.675 0.089 Sunday
11 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.476 0.695 0.020 Sunday
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.511 0.730 0.035 Sunday
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:30.648 0.867 0.137 Sunday
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.701 0.920 0.053 Sunday
15 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.718 0.937 0.017 Sunday
16 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:30.729 0.948 0.011 Saturday
17 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:30.883 1.102 0.154 Saturday
18 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:30.921 1.140 0.038 Sunday
19 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.169 1.388 0.248 Sunday
20 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.311 1.530 0.142 Sunday
21 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.354 1.573 0.043 Sunday
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.537 1.756 0.183 Sunday
23 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.661 1.880 0.124 Saturday
24 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.019 2.238 0.358 Sunday

Improvement over three days:

No Rider Bike Friday Saturday Synday Improvement Best time
55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:33.165 1:31.998 1:31.537 1.628 Sunday
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1:31.598 1:31.169 1.580 Sunday
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 1:30.360 1:29.867 1.438 Sunday
12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.716 1:31.994 1:31.354 1.362 Sunday
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:31.692 1:30.901 1:30.456 1.236 Sunday
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.960 1:30.127 1:29.781 1.179 Sunday
21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.729 1:31.185 1:30.648 1.081 Sunday
53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:31.523 1:30.855 1:30.476 1.047 Sunday
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.294 1:30.274 1:30.590 1.020 Saturday
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.662 1:31.130 1:30.701 0.961 Sunday
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912 1:29.969 1:30.143 0.943 Saturday
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.246 1:30.729 1:31.627 0.898 Saturday
43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.044 1:30.185 1:30.190 0.859 Saturday
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.741 1:31.113 1:30.921 0.820 Sunday
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 1:30.494 1:30.192 0.753 Sunday
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.797 1:30.490 1:30.064 0.733 Sunday
10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.720 1:32.267 1:32.019 0.701 Sunday
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.189 1:30.888 1:30.511 0.678 Sunday
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.525 1:30.883 1:31.486 0.642 Saturday
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.003 1:30.367 1:30.573 0.636 Saturday
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.809 1:30.446 1:30.178 0.631 Sunday
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.235 1:30.775 1:30.718 0.517 Sunday
45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.685 1:31.637 1:31.311 0.374 Sunday
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.698 1:31.661 1:32.024 0.363 Saturday
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Sunday Final Times: Pedrosa Takes Top Spot In Final Dash

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Dani Pedrosa made a final dash for glory on the last day of the MotoGP test at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider taking top spot from Johann Zarco, who had led the way since the morning. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider came up just under a hundredth short of Pedrosa, but put in multiple laps in the 1'29s, demonstrating his pace on new tires. 

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow finished the day in third, nearly three tenths behind Pedrosa, and a eight hundredths ahead of the second Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez. Marquez had concentrated on development, putting in a monster 96 laps on the final day, once again more than any other rider. 

Alex Rins took fifth on the Suzuki, and continuing to show his speed in Thailand, finishing ahead of Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller. Andrea Dovizioso was the last rider to finish within half a second of Pedrosa, the factory Ducati rider ending up 0.411 behind the Repsol Honda in seventh place. Taka Nakagami was the best of the rookies once again, finishing eighth, 0.675 slower than Pedrosa. Nakagami's eight spot made it four Hondas in the top eight.

Tito Rabat took ninth on the Avintia Ducati, making it four Ducatis in the top nine, while Valentino Rossi ended in tenth, nearly three quarters of a second behind Pedrosa, and two thirds of a second slower than Johann Zarco on the satellite Yamaha. 

Times from Sunday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:29.781    
2 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:29.867 0.086 0.086
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.064 0.283 0.197
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.143 0.362 0.079
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.178 0.397 0.035
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.190 0.409 0.012
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.192 0.411 0.002
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.456 0.675 0.264
9 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.476 0.695 0.020
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.511 0.730 0.035
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.573 0.792 0.062
12 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.590 0.809 0.017
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:30.648 0.867 0.058
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.701 0.920 0.053
15 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.718 0.937 0.017
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:30.921 1.140 0.203
17 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.169 1.388 0.248
18 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.311 1.530 0.142
19 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.354 1.573 0.043
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.486 1.705 0.132
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.537 1.756 0.051
22 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.627 1.846 0.090
23 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.019 2.238 0.392
24 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:32.024 2.243 0.005
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Sunday 3:15pm Times: Zarco Beats Marquez' Best Lap

Johann Zarco has made good on his promise from yesterday to crack into the 1'29s by doing just that, posting not one but two laps under 1'30 on Sunday morning, using a soft tire. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man is just ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, and Repsol HOnda's Marc Marquez. As they have been previously, Suzuki's Alex Rins and Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller are close behind.

Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is just a couple of thousandths slower than Miller, and a quarter of a second ahead of Taka Nakagami, the LCR Honda rookie making strong a strong debut in the MotoGP class. 

There are plenty of new parts making an appearance. KTM have a new aerodynamics package, and Repsol Honda have been testing extensively with a carbon swingarm, which had been used in Valencia and Sepang. Both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa used the carbon swingarm on Saturday, but now Pedrosa has gone back to the aluminum swinger, giving Marquez the opportunity to use the carbon one on both his bikes. 

Over at Pramac Ducati, Danilo Petrucci has been deprived of the GP17 in his garage, as Jorge Lorenzo has gone back to last year's bike in a bid to understand why he can't get on with the GP18 at Buriram. 

The track is growing quiet now, as some of the teams start to pack up early. Several of them have gotten through all of the fuel they brought to the test already: they had expected to be stuck in the garage and unable to rider for long periods at Buriram due to the heat, but it has not been as bad as they feared. So everyone has been able to run through their program and finish early. This was despite a brief red flag this morning, when the track was closed due to a snake being found on the track, and having to be removed.

The track is open until 5pm local time.

Times at 3:15pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:29.867    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.064 0.197 0.197
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.143 0.276 0.079
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.178 0.311 0.035
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.190 0.323 0.012
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.192 0.325 0.002
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.456 0.589 0.264
8 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.476 0.609 0.020
9 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.510 0.643 0.034
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.573 0.706 0.063
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.637 0.770 0.064
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.718 0.851 0.081
13 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.725 0.858 0.007
14 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:30.921 1.054 0.196
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.056 1.189 0.135
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.101 1.234 0.045
17 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.169 1.302 0.068
18 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.311 1.444 0.142
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.486 1.619 0.175
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.537 1.670 0.051
21 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.627 1.760 0.090
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.934 2.067 0.307
23 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.019 2.152 0.085
24 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:32.024 2.157 0.005
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Saturday Times: Marquez Cracks 1'29

Marc Marquez has cracked the 1'29 barrier on second day of the Buriram test in Thailand, posting a fast lap late in the afternoon to take top spot on his birthday. Dani Pedrosa made it a Repsol Honda one-two, taking second spot after leading the timesheets for a large part of the day. Both Pedrosa and Marquez tested new aerodynamics, a revised version of the package first spotted at Sepang. 

Jack Miller ended the day in third on the Pramac Ducati, the Australian feeling much more comfortable on the GP17 than he ever did on a Honda, he said. Maverick Viñales made a late charge to put the Movistar Yamaha into fourth spot, just ahead of Johann Zarco on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

Danilo Petrucci was the second Pramac Ducati rider in the top six, finishing less than a tenth behind his teammate Miller, and ahead of Alex Rins on the ECSTAR Suzuki, the young Spaniard beating his veteral Italian teammate Andrea Iannone once again, despite a crash during the day. Rins crashed while riding Suzuki's latest iteration of the aero fairing, which looks suspiciously like Ducati's.

Yesterday's fastest man Cal Crutchlow ended Saturday in eighth on the LCR Honda, just over half a second behind Marquez, and just ahead of the two factory Ducatis. Andrea Dovizioso took ninth place, but was markedly quicker than Jorge Lorenzo, beating the Spaniard by nearly a quarter of a second.

Most improved rider of the day was unsurprisingly Hafizh Syahrin, who took over 1.1 seconds off his best time on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and catapulted himself ahead of Xavier Simeon on the Avintia Ducati and just shy of Tom Luthi's time on the Marc VDS Honda. Maverick Viñales, Marc Marquez, Johann Zarco, Jack Miller, and Dani Pedrosa also all made great strides.

Times on Saturday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:29.969    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.127 0.158 0.158
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.185 0.216 0.058
4 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.274 0.305 0.089
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:30.360 0.391 0.086
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.367 0.398 0.007
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.446 0.477 0.079
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.490 0.521 0.044
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.494 0.525 0.004
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:30.729 0.760 0.235
11 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.775 0.806 0.046
12 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.855 0.886 0.080
13 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:30.883 0.914 0.028
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.888 0.919 0.005
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.901 0.932 0.013
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.113 1.144 0.212
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.130 1.161 0.017
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.185 1.216 0.055
19 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.598 1.629 0.413
20 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.637 1.668 0.039
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.661 1.692 0.024
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.994 2.025 0.333
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.998 2.029 0.004
24 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.267 2.298 0.269

Improvement from Friday to Saturday:

No Rider Bike Friday Saturday Improvement
55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:33.165 1:31.998 1.167
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1:31.598 1.151
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.294 1:30.274 1.020
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 1:30.360 0.945
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912 1:29.969 0.943
43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.044 1:30.185 0.859
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.960 1:30.127 0.833
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:31.692 1:30.901 0.791
12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.716 1:31.994 0.722
53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:31.523 1:30.855 0.668
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.525 1:30.883 0.642
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.003 1:30.367 0.636
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.741 1:31.113 0.628
21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.729 1:31.185 0.544
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.662 1:31.130 0.532
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.246 1:30.729 0.517
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.235 1:30.775 0.460
10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.720 1:32.267 0.453
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 1:30.494 0.451
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.809 1:30.446 0.363
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.797 1:30.490 0.307
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.189 1:30.888 0.301
45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.685 1:31.637 0.048
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.698 1:31.661 0.037
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Friday Times: Crutchlow Edges Rins To Lead First Day

Cal Crutchlow had finished the first day of the MotoGP test at Buriram on top of the timesheets, the LCR Honda rider making a charge in the afternoon to set a quickest time of 1'30.797. Suzuki's Alex Rins got close to Crutchlow's time, but fell just a hundredth or so shy of the Englishman to take second. But he did get ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who had been fastest for most of the day.

Andrea Dovizioso ended up in fourth, the factory Ducati rider also not improving the time he set in the morning, finishing just ahead of the second Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa. The Pramac Ducati squad took sixth and seventh, Danilo Petrucci on the GP18 finishing just ahead of Jack Miller on the GP17. Valentino Rossi was the first of the Yamahas in eighth, four tenths behind Crutchlow and just ahead of Andrea Iannone on the second Suzuki. Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the top ten on the second factory Ducati, though he too was just 0.449 slower than fastest man Crutchlow.

As predicted by Johann Zarco on Thursday, the entire grid is very close indeed. 0.449 separates the top ten, while theere are twenty riders within a second of Crutchlow, Bradley Smith being the last of them on a KTM.

The day saw a fair few technical novelties debuted. Suzuki tried a new exhaust for the GSX-RR, though that may have been tested in Sepang as well. But the big news was Ducati's new aerodynamics package, or rather packages. The Italian factory tried out two new aero fairings: one, with a revised design of the top half of last year's fairing, looking more like the Yamaha aero package which appeared in Sepang. The other stuck much more closely to last year's design, but had a much longer lower section and various openings on the top and sides of the panels. The aerodynamics cat is very much out of the bag, and there's no getting it back in again.

For reference, the WorldSBK lap records for the Buriram circuit are both held by Jonathan Rea and set in 2017. The pole record is 1'32.957, and the race lap record is 1'33.436. The MotoGP bikes are lapping 2 seconds a lap faster after the first day.

Times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.797    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.809 0.012 0.012
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912 0.115 0.103
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 0.148 0.033
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.960 0.163 0.015
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.003 0.206 0.043
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.044 0.247 0.041
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.189 0.392 0.145
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.235 0.438 0.046
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.246 0.449 0.011
11 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.294 0.497 0.048
12 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 0.508 0.011
13 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:31.523 0.726 0.218
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.525 0.728 0.002
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.662 0.865 0.137
16 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.685 0.888 0.023
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:31.692 0.895 0.007
18 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.698 0.901 0.006
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.729 0.932 0.031
20 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.741 0.944 0.012
21 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.716 1.919 0.975
22 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.720 1.923 0.004
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1.952 0.029
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:33.165 2.368 0.416
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2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Friday 2:30pm Times: Marquez Leads Dovizioso As Syahrin Debuts

Marc Marquez leads the way after the first five hours of testing at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider just a fraction faster than his rival from last year, Andrea Dovizoso. Given the comments last night that the track was a lot like Austria, then to see Marquez and Dovizioso with a clear advantage should hardly surprise.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco is currently third quickest, nearly four tenths behind Marquez, and a fraction ahead of Movistar Yamaha man (and 39th birthday boy) Valentino Rossi. Danilo Petrucci is fifth fastest on the Pramac Ducati, while Andrea Iannone has the ECSTAR Suzuki in sixth at the moment.

As Johann Zarco predicted on Thursday, the times are very close. Apart from Marquez and Dovizioso, there are a big bunch of riders within a second, from Zarco in third all they way down to Bradley Smith in nineteenth. Hafizh Syahrin has made a relatively successful debut so far, 3.1 seconds behind Marquez, and just over a second behind Tom Luthi, on the Swiss rider's second outing on a MotoGP machine.

There have been a fair few crashes at Turn 12, the final sharp corner onto the front straight and a very tricky point on the track. Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, and Alvaro Bautista have all fallen there, though all without consequences. The heat has forced everyone into their garages, though the problem is more the track temperature than the air temperature. Reaction so far from rider is that the lack of humidity compared to Sepang is making the heat much more manageable.

Times at 2:30pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 0.033 0.033
3 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 0.393 0.360
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.331 0.419 0.026
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.487 0.575 0.156
6 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.525 0.613 0.038
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.531 0.619 0.006
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.537 0.625 0.006
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.588 0.676 0.051
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.662 0.750 0.074
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.713 0.801 0.051
12 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.731 0.819 0.018
13 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.925 1.013 0.194
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.971 1.059 0.046
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:32.009 1.097 0.038
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.029 1.117 0.020
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:32.059 1.147 0.030
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:32.059 1.147 0.000
19 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:32.248 1.336 0.189
20 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.601 1.689 0.353
21 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1.837 0.148
22 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.767 1.855 0.018
23 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.937 2.025 0.170
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:34.041 3.129 1.104
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