MotoGP Phillip Island Test/Day 3: Maverick Vinales fastest again

MotoGP Phillip Island Test/Day 3: Maverick Vinales fastest again

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales / Source: Yamaha

Maverick Vinales was fastest again on the last day of the MotoGP Phillip Island test. The Honda drivers Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were second and third in the standings.

Maverick Vinales said:

“It was a very positive test for us. We came here to try many items and now we got things clear and we already know which set-up we can start using in Qatar. We did a lot of work and I‘m happy about that. Today we concentrated mainly on the race pace and I‘m satisfied, but we‘re still able to improve. We didn‘t decide on the fairing yet, it‘s still totally open, you never know.”

Marc Marquez said:

“I’m very happy with how it went today because we improved a lot, especially in the afternoon, even if I did my best lap time in the morning. In the end I felt much more comfortable and it seems that yesterday’s long runs were useful for improving the electronics and getting closer to the level we wanted to reach. Overall, I think it has been three very positive days, and we did a good job. Of course we shouldn’t forget that this circuit is quite particular, and in Qatar we’ll see where we really are.”

“Today I had a funny present from my team, a magnifying glass; I know I’m quite persistent in asking to check the data to find the issues we had, and they told me to find it myself! I’m very thankful that HRC is putting in a lot of effort, and step-by-step we’re getting better. I’d like to wish all the best to my Crew Chief Santi [Hernandez], who wasn’t able to be here at Philip Island because of some medical checks. We all missed him and we’re looking forward to seeing him with us again at the next test!”

Dani Pedrosa said:

“Overall I think it’s been a very positive test, especially considering that this isn’t one of my favourite tracks. I was riding quite well and I think we improved day by day. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well but today I felt a bit better and we were able to do a good job on the track. The team has worked very well. We focused again on electronics and on the setup of the bike, and the only thing we missed was a long run, as we ran out of time. Michelin have also made some good steps forward with the tyres. All in all, we can say we’re heading in the right direction, even if we still have some work to do.”

Testing day 3 times:
1. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) 1:28.549min
2. Marc Marquez (Honda) +0.294sec
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +0.484
4. Jonas Folger (Yamaha) +0.493
5. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +0.552
6. Alex Rins (Suzuki) +0.554
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +0.699
8. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) +0.793
9. Jack Miller (Honda) +0.809
10. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +0.812
11. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) +0.921
12. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) +0.998
13. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +1.066
14. Johann Zarco (Yamaha) +1.121
15. Hector Barbera (Ducati) +1.242
16. Pol Espargaro (KTM) +1.308
17. Loris Baz (Ducati) +1.428
18. Bradley Smith (KTM) +1.429
19. Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) +1.435
20. Scott Redding (Ducati) +1.456
21. Sam Lowes (Aprilia) +1.651
22. Karel Abraham (Ducati) +1.903