2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Test Final Results

Phillip Island MotoGP Test - Marquez Leads Crashfest Finale
Honda’s Marc Marquez

The third and final day of the Phillip Island MotoGP test was basically a crashfest. The following riders suffered crashes Friday at various spots of the 2.76-mile Australian circuit: Tito Rabat, Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales, Pol Esparago, Aleix Espargaro, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Danilo Petrucci, Eugene Laverty, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez.

All riders except Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci walked away unharmed; Petrucci was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist, and is currently being treated.

When the Phillip Island MotoGP wrapped up, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was the day’s leader with a fastest lap of 1:29.158, but overall, Team Ecstar Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales was quickest with a 1:29.131.

This was not only an important test for Vinales, but for the development of the GSX-RR ahead of 2016 MotoGP. Test data from bike’s new engine specifications, seamless gearbox, chassis and electronics configurations will now be analyzed ahead of the final test in Qatar.

“First of all I must say I’m OK after the crash this morning: I went out with a new tire but probably the temperature was still too cold and I lost the front, but I didn’t suffer any injuries. Today has been another positive day, although I couldn’t improve my lap time, but we are aware of the reason why this happened,” Vinales says.

“We focused on testing different configurations of the new chassis and this took us some time; maybe if I continued with the previous one I could have done a better time but it is important for us to us to work with a long term vision and exploit the tests for what they are. The development of the machine for the season is still a long way off and we still have much potential that we need to investigate.

Suzuki Maverick Vinales Phillip Island GSX-RR
Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales

“For sure I’m happy in how this test went overall, we made solid progress both in the single lap performance and for the consistency, even though the variable weather didn’t allow us to really test a race simulation.

“For Qatar it will be important to further investigate the electronics; it is still a field where we miss experience as it’s completely new, but we have already done much work for this and collected a good amount of data, which will be useful for us. Of course ending a test at the top is a good feeling that makes you comfortable for the future, but we must keep our feet on the ground and stay focused on the development plan we have set.”

Unlike Wednesday and Thursday, the riders were greeted with clear conditions and many were quickly up to speed, posting under the 1:30 mark with the new spec Michelin tires. But as riders pushed and pushed, the accidents began, the first to fall being Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS pilot Tito Rabat, the 2014 MotoGP Champion.

Though two-time MotoGP Champion Marquez also suffered a light crash, he was able to wrap the day’s session up 0.141 ahead of Vinales, though the latter led overall due to his time on Thursday.

LCR Honda’s Crutchlow earned third Friday, followed by Avintia Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. Barbera’s teammate Loris Baz finished seventh, followed by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro, Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Yamaha Valentino Rossi Phillip Island MotoGP Test
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Overall, Vinales aboard his Suzuki GSX-RR with the new seamless transmission leaves the test as fastest overall ahead of Marquez, Crutchlow, Lorenzo and Barbera.

The third and final preseason test is set to begin March 2 in Qatar just ahead of the 2016 MotoGP season opener at the same track March 20.

2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Test Results, Day 3 (Friday):

1. Marc Marquez, ESP, Repsol Honda Team, 1’29.158s [Lap 48/64]
2. Maverick Viñales, ESP, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1’29.299s, +0.141s [11/39]
3. Cal Crutchlow, GBR, LCR Honda, 1’29.348s, +0.190s [58/58]
4. Hector Barbera, ESP, Avintia Racing, 1’29.361s, +0.203s [57/65]
5. Valentino Rossi, ITA, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 1’29.435s, +0.277s [43/56]
6. Loris Baz, FRA, Avintia Racing, 1’29.583s +0.425s [11/54]
7. Dani Pedrosa, ESP, Repsol Honda Team, 1’29.606s, +0.448s [37/42]
8. Pol Espargaro, ESP, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 1’29.718s, +0.560s [43/44]
9. Jorge Lorenzo, ESP, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 1’29.760s, +0.602s [16/41]
10. Andrea Dovizioso, ITA, Ducati Team, 1’29.860s, +0.702s [49/65]
11. Scott Redding, GBR, Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 1’29.922s, +0.764s [57/61]
12. Andrea Iannone, ITA, Ducati Team, 1’29.932s, +0.774s [39/53]
13. Danilo Petrucci, ITA, Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 1’29.995s, +0.837s [53/57]
14. Jack Miller, AUS, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1’30.023s, +0.865s [37/37]
15. Tito Rabat, ESP, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1’30.119s, +0.961s [56/56]
16. Bradley Smith, GBR, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 1’30.188s, +1.030s [43/45]
17. Aleix Espargaro, ESP, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1’30.198s, +1.040s [34/38]
18. Yonny Hernandez, COL, Aspar MotoGP Team, 1’30.492s, +1.334s [48/54]
19. Eugene Laverty, IRL, Aspar MotoGP Team, 1’31.055s, +1.897s [25/45]
20. Takuya Tsuda, JPN, Suzuki Test Rider, 1’33.532s, +4.374s [32/46]

2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Test Results – Overall

1. Maverick Viñales, ESP, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1’29.131s
2. Marc Marquez, ESP, Repsol Honda Team, 1’29.158s, +0.027s
3. Cal Crutchlow, GBR, LCR Honda, 1’29.348s, +0.217s
4. Jorge Lorenzo, ESP, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 1’29.357s, +0.226s
5. Hector Barbera, ESP, Avintia Racing, 1’29.361s, +0.230s
6. Valentino Rossi, ITA, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 1’29.404s, +0.273s
7. Loris Baz, FRA, Avintia Racing, 1’29.583s +0.452s
8. Dani Pedrosa, ESP, Repsol Honda Team, 1’29.606s, +0.475s
9. Pol Espargaro, ESP, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 1’29.718s, +0.587s
10. Andrea Iannone, ITA, Ducati Team, 1’29.857, +0.726s
11. Andrea Dovizioso, ITA, Ducati Team, 1’29.860s, +0.729s
12. Scott Redding, GBR, Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 1’29.922s, +0.791s
13. Bradley Smith, GBR, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 1’29.992s, +0.861s
14. Danilo Petrucci, ITA, Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 1’29.995s, +0.864s
15. Jack Miller, AUS, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1’30.023s, +0.892s
16. Tito Rabat, ESP, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1’30.119s, +0.988s
17. Aleix Espargaro, ESP, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1’30.198s, +1.067s
18. Yonny Hernandez, COL, Aspar MotoGP Team, 1’30.492s, +1.361s
19. Eugene Laverty, IRL, Aspar MotoGP Team, 1’30.617s, +1.486s
20. Takuya Tsuda, JPN, Suzuki Test Rider, 1’32.599s, +3.468s