MotoGP Phillip Island Test/Day 2: Maverick Vinales first

MotoGP Phillip Island Test/Day 2: Maverick Vinales first

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales / Source: Yamaha

Maverick Vinales was fastest during the second day of testing at Phillip Island. His best time was 1:28.847min – 0.462sec faster than Marc Marquez.

Maverick Vinales said:

“Today we focused a lot on the race pace and honestly we did a great job, we made a big step compared to yesterday. I’m feeling more comfortable on the track and I’m getting more grip from the tyres. I think we did a good job today, but we still have some work to do. We need to choose which chassis we like and decide on a few other things.”

“We still have a lot of laps ahead of us. 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. 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.”

Marc Marquez said:

“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! 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.”

“Anyway, as I said yesterday, we’re still missing something, because I’m not 100% comfortable, but we’re working in a good way. Hopefully these two long runs will allow us to find the areas where we can take a step forward. I also tried a new Michelin front tire and tomorrow we’ll try the rear one, as today we had no time to do it.”

Day 2 testing times:
1. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) 1:28.847min
2. Marc Marquez (Honda) +0.462sec
3. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +0.478
4. Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) +0.564
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +0.636
6. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +0.654
7. Jonas Folger (Yamaha) +0.817
8. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) +0.827
9. Alex Rins (Suzuki) +0.955
10. Jack Miller (Honda) +0.991
11. Johann Zarco (Yamaha) +1.033
12. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) +1.100
13. Karel Abraham (Ducati) +1.295
14. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +1.303
15. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) +1.350
16. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +1.398
17. Hector Barbera (Ducati) +1.505
18. Scott Redding (Ducati) +1.588
19. Pol Espargaro (KTM) +1.798
20. Loris Baz (Ducati) +2.005
21. Sam Lowes (Aprilia) +2.048
22. Bradley Smith (KTM) +2.857