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.
|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|