Day one of the test at Phillip Island was affected by poor weather conditions, with intermittent light rainfall and strong winds, and maximum air and track temperatures of 23° C and 30° C, respectively.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the first rider to take to the track this morning, just over an hour into the session, with his teammate Marc Marquez—who celebrates his 23rd birthday today—following immediately afterward. Both riders were aiming to sort out the Michelin wet and intermediate spec tyres, which they had not tested before, and their electronics’ rain settings.
The day allowed a few laps in full-wet conditions, during which the riders received some positive feedback, both from the bike settings and the rain tyres. Marc managed to make one lap on the intermediates spec tyre, with which he set his best time. The track improved slightly toward the end of the session, but there were only few minutes with almost totally dry track and both Repsol Honda riders decided not to go out.
The Repsol Honda riders’ best efforts for the day were 1’35.354 on lap 18 of 20 for Marc on intermediate tyres, and 1’40.138 on lap 15 of 15 for Dani on wet tyres. Testing will continue for two more days.
Results - Day 1
|1||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1'31.764|
|2||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.719|
|3||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.826|
|4||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1.100|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.184|
|6||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.324|
|7||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1.362|
|8||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Aspar Team||Ducati||2.077|
|9||Miller Jack||43||AUS||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2.228|
|10||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2.228|
|11||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||3.509|
|12||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||3.590|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||3.820|
|14||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar Team||Ducati||3.915|
|15||Tsuda Takuya||22||JPN||Suzuki Test Team||Suzuki||4.402|
|16||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||8.061|
|17||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||8.374|
|18||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati|
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|
|Longest straight||0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles|
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)|