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Australian testing day

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 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.


Results Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1:29.497
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.683
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:29.926
4 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.989
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1:30.065
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:30.262
7 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1:30.281
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1:30.410
9 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:30.426
10 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.578
11 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 1:30.631
12 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1:30.770
13 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1:30.771
14 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:30.802
15 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.867
16 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1:31.179
17 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:31.200
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 1:31.249
19 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.432
20 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:31.755
21 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.307
22 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:32.690
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