Márquez tops first day of Phillip Island test
15 February 2017 – Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez posted the fastest time on the opening day of MotoGP's second pre-season test at Phillip Island.
Honda rider Márquez got down to a 1:29.497 at the Australian Grand Prix venue, leading by almost half a second for most of the afternoon.
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi cut Márquez's lead to 0.186s on a late run, while Suzuki's Andrea Iannone took third, ahead of Maverick Viñales' YZR-M1.
Viñales, unable to improve on his morning time, was followed by Cal Crutchlow (LCR), who tested a version of the new specification engine for Honda, and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac), who completed the most mileage.
Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso also slipped down the order amid rivals' improvements, placing seventh and eighth respectively, the best part of a second adrift.
Jack Miller, another with the new Honda engine, took ninth as Marc VDS' sole rider, with Tito Rabat sitting out the test as he recovers from injuries sustained in a crash at Sepang.
Tech 3 Yamaha's Jonas Folger was the fastest of the rookie riders en route to completing the top 10 positions, as Jorge Lorenzo ended the first day in 11th place on his Ducati.
KTM's preparations for its full MotoGP entry continued, with Pol Espargaró ending the day in 17th, 1.7 seconds off Márquez's benchmark, and Bradley Smith bringing up the rear.
Wednesday's running was not without incident, as Avintia rider Héctor Barberá and Aprilia's Sam Lowes suffered crashes, the latter incident sparking one of two red flags.
Animals on the track caused the first of the stoppages, before Lowes' accident at Turn 6 – from which he escaped unharmed – damaged the barrier and required repair work.
MotoGP testing continues at Phillip Island on Thursday