The first day of the Australian test has concluded with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez leading the field, his fastest lap of 1’29.497” just three-thousands of a second off the 2016 best race lap (1’29.494”). Teammate Dani Pedrosa kept a fast pace throughout the session and finished the day in seventh place.

The day was windy but with blue skies and temperatures that rose from quite chilly in the morning to 30° C (41.8° on track). Marc and Dani began riding around 11 a.m. and continued working on their RC213V machines, both of which were fitted with the engine they had chosen in Malaysia two weeks ago.

Testing will continue for two more days

Marc Marquez

1ST 1:29.497

“We had a quite a busy day because we worked a lot on the engine, which of course is different from the one we used here at Phillip Island last year. That meant we had to readjust everything during the morning and spend a lot of time in the box. In the afternoon we found a base for the electronics, but we still need to work harder in this area. I’m fast, but like in Malaysia we want to double-check how it’s working in some areas. We also worked on the setup, and overall it has been a positive day. The weather was good, which is always important, so hopefully it will stay the same for the next two days.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1:30.281

“I think we started this test in a positive way. Of course it has been a while since I’ve ridden at this track, as I missed the GP last year and needed to do some laps to get reacquainted with it. Anyway, the first feeling was good enough. We didn’t work on the electronics too much today because we focused more on the fork’s setting as I looked to find a good feeling with the bike. Tomorrow we’ll focus on the electronics, as we need to find a good base setup. We hope to take another step forward because that will help us at every track.”

MotoGP 2017
Testing   Australia

Results Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:29.497
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:29.683
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1:29.926
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:29.989
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1:30.065
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:30.262
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.281
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.410
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:30.426
10 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.578
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.631
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1:30.770
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:30.771
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:30.802
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.867
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1:31.179
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.200
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:31.249
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1:31.432
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.755
21 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.307
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.690
Location Information

Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.

Length 4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 7
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles
Constructed 1956
Modified 1988

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps

www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

Records

Pole Position 1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap 1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time 40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2016 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)