After four hours of inaction, as the riders waited for the track to dry, riders started to head out shortly after 2pm, to get some time in on a usable track. Times are still slow, as the track is still damp in patches, but the teams are now all pounding out the laps.
Marc Marquez is currently quickest, leading Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi, but the times are not really representative just yet. Times are likely to drop as riders disperse the moisture remaining on the track surface.
The big news this afternoon came at Yamaha. The Japanese manufacturer was the first to break cover with their solution to the winglet ban, using a double-walled fairing to control flow over a series of vanes and create downforce. Images had been floating around the internet, but they looked photoshopped. Italian photographer Mirco Lazzari caught Yamaha test rider Kouta Nozane with the winglets attached to an M1 test bike, as explained by GPOne.com.
Then, this afternoon, Valentino Rossi took the bike out for a test with the winglets, diving out of a closed garage, then immediately back into hiding. Eagle-eyed MCN reporter Simon Patterson happened to be standing in the right place to capture it. No doubt there will be more developments along these lines.
Times at 3pm:
|1||93||Marc Marquez||Honda RC213V||2:01.192|
|2||19||Alvaro Bautista||Ducati GP16||2:01.360||0.168||0.168|
|3||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2:01.510||0.318||0.150|
|4||25||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||2:01.641||0.449||0.131|
|5||29||Andrea Iannone||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:01.752||0.560||0.111|
|6||5||Johann Zarco||Yamaha M1||2:01.949||0.757||0.197|
|7||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Ducati GP17||2:02.025||0.833||0.076|
|8||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP17||2:02.068||0.876||0.043|
|9||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||2:02.112||0.920||0.044|
|10||76||Loris Baz||Ducati GP15||2:02.193||1.001||0.081|
|11||45||Scott Redding||Ducati GP16||2:02.245||1.053||0.052|
|12||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP17||2:02.300||1.108||0.055|
|13||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||2:02.338||1.146||0.038|
|14||17||Karel Abraham||Ducati GP15||2:02.484||1.292||0.146|
|15||43||Jack Miller||Honda RC213V||2:02.657||1.465||0.173|
|16||94||Jonas Folger||Yamaha M1||2:02.709||1.517||0.052|
|17||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||2:02.891||1.699||0.182|
|18||8||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP16||2:03.014||1.822||0.123|
|19||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP17||2:03.044||1.852||0.030|
|20||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||2:03.386||2.194||0.342|
|21||22||Sam Lowes||Aprilia RS-GP||2:03.515||2.323||0.129|
|22||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:03.595||2.403||0.080|
|23||21||Katsuyuki Nakasuga||Yamaha M1||2:03.867||2.675||0.272|
|24||12||Takuya Tsuda||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:04.374||3.182||0.507|
|25||38||Bradley Smith||KTM RC16||2:05.208||4.016||0.834|
|26||31||Kouta Nozane||Yamaha M1||2:05.891||4.699||0.683|
|27||53||Tito Rabat||Honda RC213V||2:07.287||6.095||1.396|