The second official three-day pre-season test proved to be very productive for Marc Marquez, who today celebrated his 24th birthday, and for teammate Dani Pedrosa. Both riders were able to keep a very strong pace throughout the day and concluded the test in second and third positions, respectively, in the combined times.

On another fair day blessed with sunny conditions, the Repsol Honda riders wasted no time in taking to the track at 9:45 a.m. in order to take advantage of a 15 minute practice-start window that was implemented at the beginning of day. After that they continued to work positively on their RC213V setup and on engine mapping, in addition to testing the new tyre specs that Michelin brought to this test.

Marc Marquez

2ND 1:28.843

“I’m very happy with how it went today because we improved a lot, especially in the afternoon, even if I did my best lap time in the morning. In the end I felt much more comfortable and it seems that yesterday’s long runs were useful for improving the electronics and getting closer to the level we wanted to reach. Overall, I think it has been three very positive days, and we did a good job. Of course we shouldn't forget that this circuit is quite particular, and in Qatar we’ll see where we really are. Today I had a funny present from my team, a magnifying glass; I know I’m quite persistent in asking to check the data to find the issues we had, and they told me to find it myself! I’m very thankful that HRC is putting in a lot of effort, and step-by-step we’re getting better. I’d like to wish all the best to my Crew Chief Santi [Hernandez], who wasn't able to be here at Philip Island because of some medical checks. We all missed him and we’re looking forward to seeing him with us again at the next test!"

Dani Pedrosa

3RD 1:29.033

“Overall I think it’s been a very positive test, especially considering that this isn’t one of my favourite tracks. I was riding quite well and I think we improved day by day. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well but today I felt a bit better and we were able to do a good job on the track. The team has worked very well. We focused again on electronics and on the setup of the bike, and the only thing we missed was a long run, as we ran out of time. Michelin have also made some good steps forward with the tyres. All in all, we can say we’re heading in the right direction, even if we still have some work to do.”

MotoGP 2017
Testing   Australia

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:28.549
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.294
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.484
4 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.493
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.552
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.554
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.699
8 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.793
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.809
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.812
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.921
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.998
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.066
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.121
15 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.242
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.308
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.428
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.429
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.435
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.456
21 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.651
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.903
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)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)