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.
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Times after two hours of testing:
Maverick Viñales has returned to the top of the timesheets on Thursday, stepping up the pace on his Movistar Yamaha to end the second day of test at Phillip Island as the fastest man. Viñales' pace was relentless, topping the timesheets early in the day with a run of three laps of 1'28, then adding two more 1'28s at the end of the day.
The second day of testing for the MotoGP class is underway at Phillip Island. The day kicked off with fifteen minutes of practice starts for the riders, after which almost the entire field took to the track to make use of near perfect conditions.
Marc Marquez has ended the first day of the Phillip Island MotoGP test on top of the timesheets. The Repsol Honda rider was quick from the start of the day, taking over as fastest in the middle of the day, and holding his advantage until the end.
Bikes are back on track again in good conditions in Australia. After a brief delay in the early morning, when the track was still too cold for riding to make much sense, nearly all of the MotoGP riders have now taken to the track. Maverick Viñales is back at the top of the timesheets, a position he left a couple of weeks ago at Sepang. Andrea Dovizioso follows in second, close to the time of the Yamaha man, while Australian Jack Miller sits in third place.
Testing continues until 17:45 local time today, with the weather set fair for the day.
Times after 2 hours of testing:
Testing season has begun for all three Grand Prix classes now, as some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams assembled at Valencia for the first private test of 2017 after the winter break. Fastest man of the Moto2 group was Miguel Oliveira on the KTM, quicker than Pons rookie Fabio Quartararo by just under two tenths. Oliveira's teammate Brad Binder was not present, still recovering from an arm injury.
Times at the end of Wednesday:
The track has gone quiet at Sepang as the riders break for lunch, and still no sign of rain. There have been few changes in the times, though Maverick Viñales has now taken over the top of the timesheets, over a tenth faster than Marc Marquez. The other change of note is that Dani Pedrosa has drastically improved his time, jumping up to ninth, six tenths slower than Viñales.
Times at 2pm:
The weather gods have looked favorably upon MotoGP testing at Sepang. With no rain overnight and cool temperatures, conditions are just about perfect for testing on Wednesday, and the teams are making full use of the opportunity to test. Marc Marquez currently leads the field, though he has only the narrowest of margins over Maverick Viñales. Four Ducatis follow, Andrea Dovizioso leading Alvaro Bautista, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo is only a quarter of a second off the time of Marquez, suggesting he is starting to get to grips with the Ducati.
Andrea Iannone has ended the second day of testing at Sepang on top of the timesheets. The Suzuki rider took advantage of the best conditions at the end of the day to drop into the 1'59s, finishing four tenths ahead of Maverick Viñales on the Movistar Yamaha. Alvaro Bautista ended in third on the Aspar Ducati, with Valentino Rossi in fourth, just ahead of a very strong showing for Johann Zarco on the Tech 3 Yamaha.
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.
Casey Stoner remained fastest at the end of the first day of testing at Sepang. Times were unchanged from 4pm, when the rain came. A few riders went out in the rain to try the bike in the wet, but they had no impact on the timesheets.
The rain came down shortly after 4pm at Sepang, bringing an early end to proceedings. But the rain had held off for longer than the MotoGP teams had expected, and so a lot of work got done. Times were little changed from earlier in the day.
Times at 4pm:
Testing continues at Sepang, the weather still holding, but most of the MotoGP riders have now decided to take a break from the sweltering heat. At the lunch break it is Casey Stoner who is the quickest man on the day, the Ducati test rider one of only two men to crack into the 1'59s. Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is the other, the Italian a tenth of a second off the pace of Stoner.