MotoGP Official Test 2017: Vinales Shines At Phillip Island As Rossi Struggles

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The final day of the second official MotoGP test of 2017 saw Yamaha's Maverick Vinales on top. The closest challenger for Vinales was reigning MotoGP champion and Honda's Marc Marquez. Like Thursday, Vinales put in three flying laps under the 1m29s barrier in the opening hour.

The fastest lap out of the three was a 1m28.549s, which propelled Vinales to the top of the times. Marquez was only 0.294s off the pace of his compatriot and also did a couple of laps in the 1m28s bracket.

The reigning champion was followed by his veteran teammate Dani Pedrosa with a 1m29.033s lap. Jonas Folger (Tech3 Yamaha) was the top rookie and the fourth fastest rider for the day.

Suzuki's new recruit Alex Rins stormed to the sixth place from outside the top 10. The Spaniard also had a small crash shortly after his fast lap at Turn 2. Just one place ahead of Rins was LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.

The top Ducati for the day was Andrea Dovizioso with a 1m29.248s lap, which was good enough to claim the seventh spot for the day ahead of his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard improved a lot from the Day 1 and was just under a tenth slower than his teammate.

The top 10 was rounded up Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). Yamaha's star rider Valentino Rossi ended the day in 11th place just ahead of Suzuki's Andrea Iannone. On Thursday, Rossi admitted that he followed the wrong direction and this was the problem for his lack his pace.

Both the KTM factory riders, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith was able to put in a lap under the 1m.30s barrier. Pol and Bradley ended the day in 16th and 18th respectively.

MotoGP Phillip Island Test, Day 3 Results

1. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) 1m28.549s
2. Marc Marquez (Honda) +0.294s
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +0.484s
4. Jonas Folger (Yamaha) +0.493s
5. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +0.552s
6. Alex Rins (Suzuki) +0.554s

7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +0.699s
8. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) +0.793s
9. Jack Miller (Honda) +0.809s
10. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +0.812s
11. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) +0.921s
12. Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) +0.998s

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