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Latest News By February 15, 2017 February 3rd, 2020

Vinales Hits His Straps At Phillip Island

Spaniard Maverick Vinales has reminded everyone why he will be battling at the front in the 2017 MotoGP title after he set a withering best lap on day two of the pre-season test at Phillip Island.

Vinales aboard the Movistar Yamaha sizzled around the grand prix track in a best lap of 1min28.847secs fairly early in today’s proceedings, and that was the benchmark for the balance of the eight-hour session.

The current lap record is held by world champion Marc Marquez with a 1:28.108, set in 2013.

After topping the timesheets yesterday, Marquez (1:29.309) was second fastest on day two, ahead of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda, 1:29.325), the clearly rejuvenated Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati, 1:29.411) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 1:29,483).

Marquez completed an exhaustive day two, lapping Phillip Island 107 times – 14 times more than the next prolific, rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 1:29.501) was sixth fastest, with the top 10 completed by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 1:29.664), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha, 1:29.674), Alex Rins (Ecstar Suzuki, 1:29.802) and Aussie Jack Miller (Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS, 1:29.838).

Among those to slip out of the top 10 after day one were Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing Ducati), while three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) was back in 15th.

The test session will conclude tomorrow, as long race-type runs will give away to all-out attack in the final few minutes as riders seek to lower their best times.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – World’s Motorcycling Mecca

MotoGP Official Test: 15-17 February 2017 – Superbike World Championship Test: 21-22 February 2017 – Round One 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship: 24-26 February 2017 

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