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 hosen in Malaysia two weeks ago.

Testing will continue for two more days

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

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.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

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.”

Repsol Honda Team
Phillip Island MotoGP™ Official Test

Phillip Island, Australia

MotoGP 2017

Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 09:35 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:29.497
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1:29.683
3 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1:29.926
4 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1:29.989
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1:30.065
6 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +1:30.262
7 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1:30.281
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1:30.410
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1:30.426
10 Jonas Folger 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1:30.578
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +1:30.631
12 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +1:30.770
13 Hector Barbera 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati +1:30.771
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1:30.802
15 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1:30.867
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati +1:31.179
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:31.200
18 Loris Baz 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati +1:31.249
19 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1:31.432
20 Scott Redding 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +1:31.755
21 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1:32.307
22 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:32.690