Vinales tops day 2 of second official MotoGP test in Phillip Island

2016 MotoGP test Phillip Island Maverick Vinales Rain interrupted MotoGP’s second official test at Phillip Island on the first day but the teams managed to run a shortened session during the second half of the day. The first day’s session fastest rider was Danilo Petrucci of the Ducati Pramac outfit with a time of 1:31.764. Reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo finished the first day way down in sixteenth and his team mate Valentino Rossi took sixth place overall.

Things improved on the second day as Suzuki MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales topped all riders with a lap time of 1:29.131, followed by Marc Marquez and the reigning champ. Marquez took to the track on slick tyres and immediately found a good pace while he and his technicians focused on the settings of his RC213V. He remained in the upper part of the timesheets throughout the day, steadily improving his rhythm and finishing a close second, with a best time of 1:29.292 that came on lap 78. Team mate Dani Pedrosa was one of ten riders who were able to break the 1:30 barrier on day two. He posted a 1:29.917 time on lap 38 and was pushing hard to further improve his pace when he crashed in turn 4 with no consequences. He re-joined the action approximately 40 minutes later and finished 8th fastest.

Lorenzo used the day to its full capacity and opted to continue working on bike set up to look for the optimum balance on the YZR-M1. As track conditions improved, a flurry of activity followed with all riders streaming out of the pits. The warmer temperatures in the second half allowed the Spaniard to get down to a lap time of 1:29.357, on his 65th lap out of 80, only 0.226s from the front.

Rossi also had a productive day and set multiple fast laps. As soon as a dry line formed at the Phillip Island circuit, he didn‘t waste a second and seized the opportunity. He went out on track and set a 1:31.1 on his fifth lap to take over at the top in the provisional time sheets. He continued to drop quick laps even when the brief sunny spell was spoiled by more rain, and completed 71 laps in total all the way through the afternoon. His best effort was a 1:29.404 for fourth place, 0.273s from day two‘s fastest time.

The riders and technicians of the Ducati Team were able to carry on with the intense work program scheduled for the new Desmosedici GP, and at the end of the day Andrea Dovizioso was the rider who had been out on track the most (88 laps), while his team-mate Andrea Iannone completed 76 laps. Iannone ended up seventh quickest in the timesheets with a lap of 1:29.857 and Dovizioso was twelfth in 1:30.142.

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MotoGP Test Phillip Island, day two

1 VINALES Maverick Suzuki 1:29.131
2 MARQUEZ Marc Repsol Honda +0.161
3 LORENZO Jorge Yamaha MotoGP 0.226
4 ROSSI Valentino Yamaha MotoGP 0.273
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal Honda 0.540
6 BARBERA Hector Avintia 0.723
7 IANNONE Andrea Ducati 0.726
8 PEDROSA Dani Repsol Honda 0.786
9 REDDING Scott Pramac Racing 0.810
10 SMITH Bradley Yamaha Tech 3 0.861