Viñales ends Phillip Island test on top

Viñales ends Phillip Island test on top

17 February 2017 – Yamaha's Maverick Viñales remained at the top of the timesheets on the final day of MotoGP's second pre-season test at Phillip Island.

Viñales eclipsed his previous benchmark with a 1:28.549, set on the 13th of 101 laps, as morning conditions again proved more favourable.

Viñales has thus topped both pre-season tests with his new team.

Marc Márquez, celebrating his 24th birthday, finished 0.294s adrift of Viñales, with factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa 0.190s further back, the latter recovering from a fever, which took hold on Thursday.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Jonas Folger was again the fastest rookie, rising to fourth position, before suffering an off, with LCR's Cal Crutchlow and the Suzuki of Álex Rins close behind.

Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were separated by just under a tenth on their works Ducatis, in seventh and eighth respectively, Lorenzo breaking into the 1m29s bracket.

Marc VDS rider Jack Miller kept his place inside the top 10, which was completed by the Gresini-run Aprilia of Aleix Espargaró, with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi finishing back in 11th.

KTM's Bradley Smith, after admitting he had been "too conservative", climbed up to 18th, with a high 1m29s, two places and just over a tenth down on team-mate Pol Espargaró.

Aprilia's Sam Lowes and Aspar's Karel Abraham brought up the rear.

MotoGP testing continues at Losail from March 10-12

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