Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales set the bar on Day 2 of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island, dropping the only lap in the 1:28 range of the test so far. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez followed four-tenths back in second-position with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow rounding out the top-three.
Vinales’ best effort came on Lap 21 of 80 for the day, ending a string of three laps in the 1:28s. He spent the latter portion of the session trying to pin down which chassis he wants to use going forward.
“For sure I was trying to go faster at the end of the session today, but in sector three and four there was a lot of wind so I couldn‘t beat the lap time I set this morning, but I‘m happy anyway,” explained Vinales in a team press release. “I‘ve been fast with both chassis and all the time I‘m riding 1‘29-low and 1‘29-medium. Like I said, we‘ve made a big step today and we‘ll try to make another step tomorrow.”
Vinales put in an impressive amount of work, but Marquez bested him by over 20 laps, logging 107 rotations during the day. Like Vinales, Marquez’s quickest lap was set early on with the afternoon dedicated to two longer runs. The first stint included 15 consecutive laps and the second was 14 laps long. All but five laps were in the 1:29s, the others in the low 1:30s.
“It’s been a day of really hard work, and I’m a little bit tired, but it was the plan we had for today with the team and we did it,” Marquez said in a team release. “Together with my engineers we decided to do many laps to try a few things, and we focused on riding as consistently as possible, trying to avoid any mistakes. I also did two long runs at the end of the day, to try different configurations of the electronics, and that allowed us to gather a lot of information.”
Pull & Bear Aspar’s Alvaro Bautista finished in fourth followed by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro registered the sixth-quickest time, six-tenths off the top-time set by Vinales. Espargaro gave a new fairing a shakedown during the day and then focused on refining the RS-GP’s chassis and electronics set-up. He ended the day with a 15-lap run, showing notable consistency with all but the first lap of the simulation in the mid to low 1:30s.
“We are improving,” said Espargaro in the Gresini Racing release. “Yesterday we had already started in the right direction. Today we did a lot of chassis tests. I am more than satisfied with both my flying lap and with our pace during the race simulation, which is very important. The bike has not changed much compared with Malaysia, but my feeling on it increases constantly, especially with the front tire and that is very important for my riding style. Now we need to keep improving our package.”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Jonas Folger finished in seventh followed by Vinales’ teammate, Valentino Rossi, in eighth. The Doctor had an acceptable morning testing tires but went in a negative direction during the afternoon with some changes that didn’t work as hoped. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins followed Rossi in ninth with Marc VDS’ Jack Miller finishing 10th.
Further down the line, Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo improved his best time over the previous session, but managed 15th on the timesheet for Day 2.
“We tried several different set-up solutions and in any case I’m optimistic even though we are still some way behind the leaders,” said Lorenzo. “This evening, together with my technicians, I’ll analyze the data and tomorrow we’ll try and get closer to the top of the timesheets.”
2017 MotoGP Phillip Island Test Day 2 Results
1. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 1:28.847
2. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1:29.309
3. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 1:29.325
4. Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) 1:29.411
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1:29.483
6. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) 1:29.501
7. Jonas Folger (Yamaha) 1:29.664
8. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:29.674
9. Alex Rins (Suzuki) 1:29.802
10. Jack Miller (Honda) 1:29.838
11. Johann Zarco (Yamaha) 1:29.880
12. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) 1:29.947
13. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1:30.142
14. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 1:30.150
15. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) 1:30.197
16. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:30.245
17. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1:30.352
18. Scott Redding (Ducati) 1:30.435
19. Pol Espargaro (KTM) 1:30.645
20. Loris Baz (Ducati) 1:30.852
21. Sam Lowes (Aprilia) 1:30.895
22. Bradley Smith (KTM) 1:31.704