2017 Phillip Island MotoGP Test Friday Times: Viñales Ends Australia As Fastest

Maverick Viñales has ended the third preseason MotoGP test of 2017 at the top of the timesheets. The Movistar Yamaha rider started the day with a succession of quick laps which would not be beaten, before getting down to the long grind of development work, turning a total of 101 laps.

Marc Marquez leaves Phillip Island as second fastest, the Repsol Honda rider the only other man to get into the 1'28s. Marquez' program was almost as punishing as Viñales, turning 96 laps in addition to the 107 he ran on Thursday. He is joined by his teammate Dani Pedrosa at the top of the timesheets, the Spanish veteran recovered slightly from his throat infection and strong enough to post the third best time.

Jonas Folger rounded out a very strong test in Australia with the fourth fastest time, and ended as second Yamaha. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider was just a few thousandths slower than Pedrosa, and just a few hundreds quicker than Cal Crutchlow, the LCR Honda rider finishing in fifth.

Alex Rins ended a good test at Phillip Island in sixth place, half a second behind Viñales. The Suzuki rider made astonishing progress over the course of three days, improving his time by over 2.3 seconds from Wednesday to Friday. He was not the most improved rider: that honor fell to Bradley Smith on the KTM, who improved his best lap by 2.7 seconds between Wednesday and Friday. A full list of improvement over the three days appears under Friday's results.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest Ducati, the Italian ending the day seven tenths off the pace of Viñales. And much to the relief of Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo made a big improvement to move up to eighth spot, under a tenth off the pace of his teammate. Jack Miller was ninth quickest on the Marc VDS Honda, while Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten on the Aprilia. Valentino Rossi ended the test just outside the top ten, over nine tenths slower than his teammate.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:28.549    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:28.843 0.294 0.294
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:29.033 0.484 0.190
4 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:29.042 0.493 0.009
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:29.101 0.552 0.059
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:29.103 0.554 0.002
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:29.248 0.699 0.145
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:29.342 0.793 0.094
9 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:29.358 0.809 0.016
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:29.361 0.812 0.003
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:29.470 0.921 0.109
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:29.547 0.998 0.077
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:29.615 1.066 0.068
14 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:29.670 1.121 0.055
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 1:29.792 1.243 0.122
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:29.857 1.308 0.065
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:29.977 1.428 0.120
18 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:29.978 1.429 0.001
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:29.984 1.435 0.006
20 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:30.005 1.456 0.021
21 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.200 1.651 0.195
22 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:30.452 1.903 0.252

Times over three days, sorted by most improved rider from slowest day to fastest day:

No Rider Bike Wednesday Thursday Friday Improvement Fastest Lap
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:32.690 1:31.704 1:29.978 2.712 1:29.978
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.432 1:29.802 1:29.103 2.329 1:29.103
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.307 1:30.895 1:30.200 2.107 1:30.200
45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:31.755 1:30.435 1:30.005 1.750 1:30.005
94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:30.578 1:29.664 1:29.042 1.536 1:29.042
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.802 1:29.501 1:29.361 1.441 1:29.361
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:29.989 1:28.847 1:28.549 1.440 1:28.549
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:30.770 1:29.411 1:29.984 1.359 1:29.411
44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:31.200 1:30.645 1:29.857 1.343 1:29.857
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:30.631 1:30.197 1:29.342 1.289 1:29.342
76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:31.249 1:30.852 1:29.977 1.272 1:29.977
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.281 1:30.245 1:29.033 1.248 1:29.033
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:30.867 1:29.880 1:29.670 1.197 1:29.670
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:30.410 1:29.483 1:29.248 1.162 1:29.248
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:30.426 1:29.838 1:29.358 1.068 1:29.358
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:31.179 1:30.142 1:30.452 1.037 1:30.142
8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 1:30.771 1:30.352 1:29.792 0.979 1:29.792
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.065 1:29.325 1:29.101 0.964 1:29.101
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:29.497 1:29.309 1:28.843 0.654 1:28.843
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:30.262 1:30.150 1:29.615 0.647 1:29.615
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:29.926 1:29.947 1:29.547 0.400 1:29.547
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:29.683 1:29.674 1:29.470 0.213 1:29.470

 

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I'm guessing that after all the consternation of last year’s decision on whether or not to leave Suzuki  Viñales is feeling pretty good about his choice thus far.

Total votes: 26

at the end of 3 days testing ,there are 3 RC213 in the top 5,

I noticed on CC35 bike the lower exhaust seems a lot longer? would that "tune" the exhausts for more mid-range ?

 

 

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I'm thinking that Rossi is the man doing the sandbagging here, he is playing the game better than Marc Marquez by making such marginal progress whilst not being too specific on what he thinks needs to be improved.

I guess we will see all in a few weeks.

Total votes: 21

I read on crash.net that he's been working on tire management because he's been having big issues in the 2nd part of the race. From day 1 and the previous tests, it's clear that setting a fast lap is not an issue. Yamaha needs to get their tires to last the whole race in a better condition so they can put up a fight till the end of the race.
These are tests, not races. They're by no means an indication of how the season is going to fold out or what the real race pace of the riders is.

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Rossi didn't seem to be doing race Sims or rate very highly in long runs but Mav did. Seems like Vinales was doing that test program while Rossi was searching for something?

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