MotoGP’s three-day Australian pre-season test ended today at Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in first and seventh places, respectively. It was a very productive test for the Repsol Honda Team, which made further progress on the new unified software and collected much valuable information on tyres and bike settings. This data will be valuable as the HRC engineers return to Japan and continue their work.
With the day opening under a heavy sky that threatened rain, Marc immediately began to lap strongly, setting very consistent lap times that put him second quickest. Unfortunately, rain started to fall around noon, resulting in a long wait in the garage until a little after 3 p.m. When action resumed, Dani also set several fast laps in the 1’29 range before finishing his day with an hour to go in the session, while Marc took over at the top of the timesheets with a 1’29.158 lap that remained the fastest time of the day. In his last exit, Marc crashed in turn 9, with no consequences.
Marquez today completed a total of 64 laps, with his best time occurring on lap 48. Pedrosa set his quickest time of 1’29.606 on lap 37 of 42. It was another brisk day, with maximum air and track temperatures of 20 and 28° C, respectively.
The final three-day pre-season test will take place in Qatar 2-4 March.
Day 3 - Top 10 Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’29.158|
|2||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.141|
|3||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.190|
|4||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.203|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.277|
|6||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.425|
|7||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.448|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.560|
|9||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.602|
|10||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.702|
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)|