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Motorsport | MotoGP

Marquez sets the pace at Phillip Island



Marc Marquez has topped the timesheets on the opening day of MotoGP's three-day Phillip Island test, finishing almost two-tenths clear of Valentino Rossi.

The reigning World Champion, reportedly using the latest RC213V engine on both his bikes, took over the P1 slot from Maverick Vinales early in the morning.

He improved his lap time to a 1:29.497 to pull half a second clear of the new Yamaha rider.

However, a late burst from Rossi saw him finish the day as Marquez's nearest challenger.

The Italian clocked a 1:29.683 on his penultimate lap of the afternoon to finish 0.186s shy of his Honda rival.

Andrea Iannone was another rider who improved late in the day, taking third place ahead of Vinales.

Cal Crutchlow had a good day on the LCR Honda as he was fifth fastest ahead of Danilo Petrucci, Dani Pedros and Andrea Dovizioso.

Dovizioso's new teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, was 11th on the day, 1.134s off the pace.

There were falls on the day for Sam Lowes and Alvaro Bautista, which necessitated repairs to the tyre wall at Turn 6, while Scott Redding, Hector Barbera and Pol Espargaro also went down.

TIMES

1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m29.497s

2. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m29.683s 0.186s

3. Andrea Iannone Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m29.926s 0.429s

4. Maverick Viñales Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m29.989s 0.492s

5. Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m30.065s 0.568s

6. Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP17) 1m30.262s 0.765s

7. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m30.281s 0.784s

8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m30.410s 0.913s

9. Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m30.426s 0.929s

10. Jonas Folger Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m30.578s 1.081s

11. Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m30.631s 1.134s

12. Alvaro Bautista Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m30.770s 1.273s

13. Hector Barbera Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m30.771s 1.274s

14. Aleix Espargaro Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m30.802s 1.305s

15. Johann Zarco Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m30.867s 1.370s

16. Karel Abraham Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m31.179s 1.682s

17. Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m31.200s 1.703s

18. Loris Baz Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m31.249s 1.752s

19. Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m31.432s 1.935s

20. Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16) 1m31.755s 2.258s

21. Sam Lowes Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m32.307s 2.810s

22. Bradley Smith Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m32.690s 3.193s



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