After rain early in the day caused fears of yet another washout at Phillip Island on Thursday, the weather gods changed their minds and smiled on the second day of the MotoGP test. Sun and warmer temperatures in the second half of the day meant that everyone could get out in the dry, and get some serious work done.
Maverick Viñales ended up with the fastest time of the day, the Ecstar Suzuki rider having been close to the front all day and popping in an extra quick lap right at the end of the day. Viñales' time is a tenth quicker than Marc Marquez' best time from the race here in October, which was ridden in near-perfect conditions. Marquez took second spot, within a hundredth of his own race time, and over a tenth off Viñales, just edging ahead of the Movistar Yamaha pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow posted a strong time to take fifth, ending ahead Hector Barbera, the first of the Ducatis. The Avintia Ducati rider just pipped factory man Andrea Iannone by three thousandths of a second.
The times bear out that Michelin has done a good job in making a fast tire, but it was also clear that there was still work to do. Several riders fell on Thursday, including Dani Pedrosa and Yonny Hernandez, the crashes concentrated at Turn 4, Honda corner. That is the slow right-hand hairpin, one of just four right-hand corners. It is a common place to crash when the right-hand side of the front tire cools, and was one of the reasons Bridgestone debuted an asymmetric front at the circuit in 2014. Currently, Michelin have no plans of their own for an asymmetric front.
|1||25||Maverick Viñales||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:29.131|
|2||93||Marc Márquez||Honda RC213V||1:29.292||0.161||0.161|
|3||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha M1||1:29.357||0.226||0.065|
|4||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:29.404||0.273||0.047|
|5||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:29.671||0.540||0.267|
|6||8||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP14.2||1:29.854||0.723||0.183|
|7||29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati GP16||1:29.857||0.726||0.003|
|8||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||1:29.917||0.786||0.060|
|9||45||Scott Redding||Ducati GP15||1:29.941||0.810||0.024|
|10||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha M1||1:29.992||0.861||0.051|
|11||76||Loris Baz||Ducati GP14.2||1:30.134||1.003||0.142|
|12||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP16||1:30.142||1.011||0.008|
|13||44||Pol Espargaro||Yamaha M1||1:30.154||1.023||0.012|
|14||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP15||1:30.156||1.025||0.002|
|15||41||Aleix Espargaro||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:30.385||1.254||0.229|
|16||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati GP14.2||1:30.509||1.378||0.124|
|17||43||Jack Miller||Honda RC213V||1:30.514||1.383||0.005|
|18||50||Eugene Laverty||Ducati GP14.2||1:30.617||1.486||0.103|
|19||53||Tito Rabat||Honda RC213V||1:30.650||1.519||0.033|
|20||12||Takuya Tsuda||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:32.599||3.468||1.949|