2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Test Friday Times - Marquez Fastest as Rain and Riders Fall

The rain once again wreaked havoc on the final day of testing at Phillip Island, interrupting the session and leaving riders stuck in their garages for nearly half the day. The day started dry, and the field went straight to work, everyone putting in between twenty and thirty laps with times tumbling. Rain started falling after a couple of hours, effectively closing the track for three and a half hours until the sun and wind dried the surface out enough for riders to venture out once again.

It was Marc Marquez who ended the day fastest, putting in a fast stint to beat the best time set by Maverick Viñales in the morning session. LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow also made a late charge, jumping up to take third spot, two tenths behind the Suzuki man. Hector Barbera had an impressive day, taking fourth, while his Avintia Ducati teammate Loris Baz lapped consistently fast to take sixth spot. Both Avintia Ducatis finished ahead of the factory Ducatis. Valentino Rossi ended the final day in 5th, sandwiched between Barbera and Baz, while the second Movistar Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo struggled to a ninth place, six tenths behind Marquez.

The final day was marked by crashes as well as rain, riders hitting the deck eleven times in total. Suzuki riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, and Tech 3 man Pol Espargaro. Jack Miller also crashed, while his Marc VDS teammate Tito Rabat fell twice on Friday, one less than Aleix Espargaro's grand total of three. Jorge Lorenzo also went down late in the session, as did Aspar's Eugene Laverty. The rider who came out worse from the crashes was Danilo Petrucci, the Pramac Ducati rider suffering a heavy fall at the Hayshed, fracturing three metacarpals in his right hand. Petrucci is to be examined at a hospital in Melbourne, and be assessed to see if surgery is necessary.

The riders now pack up and leave the track to the World Superbike field, who test from Monday, and race the following weekend. MotoGP now heads to Qatar, for the final test of the season from the 2nd to the 4th March. Having lost so much time at Phillip Island, they still have an awful lot of work to do before the season opener at the Losail circuit.

Times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:29.158    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:29.299 0.141 0.141
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:29.348 0.190 0.049
4 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14.2 1:29.361 0.203 0.013
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:29.435 0.277 0.074
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP14.2 1:29.583 0.425 0.148
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:29.606 0.448 0.023
8 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:29.718 0.560 0.112
9 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:29.760 0.602 0.042
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP16 1:29.860 0.702 0.100
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP15 1:29.922 0.764 0.062
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP16 1:29.932 0.774 0.010
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP15 1:29.995 0.837 0.063
14 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:30.023 0.865 0.028
15 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:30.119 0.961 0.096
16 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:30.188 1.030 0.069
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.198 1.040 0.010
18 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:30.492 1.334 0.294
19 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati GP14.2 1:31.055 1.897 0.563
20 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.532 4.374 2.477

 

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It is nice to see Honda on 1st and 3rd place. Hope for a good season.

Only testing, but Barbera's surprised me a few times. And Vinales...I'm sold I think...Lucky bugger, who wouldn't want his future. Its been good seeing different riders in the top ten. Michelins now...What's Toni Elias doing lol ? He'd probably go ok with the squishy front. Interesting that the Michelins felt immediately recognisable, or so it seems, to the riders that were familiar with them from the past. Rossi, Edwards, Pedrosa...

Looks like a few people are pushing pretty hard with all the crashes. Things are getting serious. This is getting interesting. First time I noticed Rossi having a faster time than Lorenzo. Thinking maybe Lorenzo had an off day, or maybe... Also good to see that there were not too many injuries from the crashes.

Remember Little Fauss and Big Halsy? Couldn´t help thinking of that old movie when I saw Hector Barberá and Loris Baz all leathered up and chatting in the garage door.

You have to guess that Baz and Barberá won´t be trying each others´ bikes this year. I´d be putting Dr Raines´ statstash to the test to ask but I´m guessing that there never has been such a height difference in two premier class team mates. I played a lot of basketball in school and follow the game closely. I know 6 foot 3 when I see it, although Loris is now claiming to be only 6 foot 2. I remember I got measured for the team with a deck of cards in my shoes...they measured us is playing mode. That got me to 5-11. It never occurred me to there was a sport where folks want to be shorter.

I remember seeing Dieter Braun coiling himself into his 125s and I also remember the White Giant, Will Hartog on the 500s, but we haven´t seen a fast, fast rider in the 6'2-6-3 range on a MotoGP until now. I need to ask Kevin Cameron if, in fact, he can science out some theoretical advantages.

Baz was very impressive, as was Barbera, in PI, but it was Baz who made the longest runs. He did back to back 12 and 11 lap runs and with, I believe, 11 laps in the target 1.29 zone.

Also heard that Michelin didn´t want any full-race simulations after the Baz blowout in Sepang, but it was Baz who made the closest thing to a simulation with back-to-back 11 and 12 lap runs and with 11 laps in the target 1.29 range.

I remember Angel Nieto complaining once, in jest, that after a win in 125cc, he still needed up looking up at third place finisher Dieter Braun. It will be an interesting podium indeed if Pedrosa wins with Baz third.