2016 MotoGP Phillip Island Test Session 3 Results

MotorcycleUSA Staff | February 19, 2016

MotoGP testing concluded at Phillip Island with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez leading the way on the timesheet in Session 3. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales finished second-fastest followed by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow in third. Over the three day period Vinales edged past Marquez for the fastest time overall with his quick lap in Session 2, while Marquez and Crutchlow finished second and third fastest, respectively.

Marc Marquez MotoGP 2016

Session 3 was the most promising of the three days at the start, with clear weather and a dry track enticing riders to head out first thing in the morning. Lap times immediately started dropping below the 1’30 mark, but as the pace increased, so did the number of crashes. Marc VDS’ Tito Rabat and Jack Miller both took spills, Vinales went down, as did Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.

Later in the day Rabat went down again as did Crutchlow, Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro (twice), Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, Aspar Team’s Eugene Laverty and Marquez. Remarkably, all riders mentioned above came away without serious injury. In comments provided after the test day wrapped, most attributed their mishaps to personal mistakes such as pushing too hard on cold tires or braking too deep.

Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci went down on an out lap in Turn 8 and suffered the worst injury of the day, breaking the second, third and fourth metacarpal of his right hand. He will miss the next test in Qatar as a result.

In addition to the spat of crashes, weather also turned briefly later in the day forcing riders to hold up in their garages while the rains passed.

Despite all the setbacks, many were positive about the information gleaned over the three days in Australia.

“I’m especially happy with today, because we have taken a big step forward,” said Marquez in a Repsol Honda release. “In the afternoon I managed to maintain a consistently fast pace, and this was the first time this preseason that I’ve started to feel good with the bike and the new tires.”

“Today has been another positive day, although I couldn’t improve my lap time, but we are aware of the reason why this happened,” said Vinales. “We focused on testing different configurations of the new chassis and this took us some time; maybe if I continued with the previous one I could have done a better time but it is important for us to us to work with a long term vision and exploit the tests for what they are. The development of the machine for the season is still a long way off and we still have much potential that we need to investigate. For sure I’m happy in how this test went overall, we made solid progress both in the single lap performance and for the consistency, even though the variable weather didn’t allow us to really test a race simulation.”

Race simulations were of particular importance to electronics development as the new spec ECU is less sophisticated in terms of altering a bike’s performance characteristics at different points during a race. Many riders tried, but owing to the changing conditions throughout the three days, few were able to complete more than half the race distance at one time.

Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera powered his Desmosedici GP14.2 to fourth-fastest in Session 3, trailed by Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi in fifth. The Doctor was less than happy at the many delays in Australia, explaining in a team press release that “in the end we only had one good day, and that was yesterday (Session 2), but it’s better than nothing. I feel good with the bike and with the tires and my pace was not so bad, so I’m quite satisfied.”

Barbera’s teammate, Loris Baz, finished in sixth with Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa trailing in seventh and Pol Espargaro in eighth. Lorenzo finished Session 3 in ninth with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in 10th.

Times were close throughout the ranks in Session 3, with the top 15 riders within one second of Marquez’s fastest lap of the day.

The final MotoGP pre-season test is scheduled for March 2-4 in Qater.

2016 MotoGP Phillip Island Test Session 3 Results
1. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’29.158
2. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 1’29.299
3. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 1’29.348
4. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’29.361
5. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’29.435
6. Loris Baz (Ducati) 1’29.583
7. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’29.606
8. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 1’29.718
9. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’29.760
10. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1’29.860
11. Scott Redding (Ducati) 1’29.922
12. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’29.932
13. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 1’29.995
14. Jack Miller (Honda) 1’30.023
15. Tito Rabat (Honda) 1’30.119
16. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’30.188
17. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 1’30.198
18. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 1’30.492
19. Eugene Laverty (Ducati) 1’31.055
20. Takuya Tsuda (Suzuki) 1’33.532

2016 MotoGP Phillip Island Combined Test Results
1. Maveric Vinales (Suzuki) 1’29.131 – Session 2
2. Marc Marquez (Honda) 1’29.158 – Session 3
3. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 1’29.348 – Session 3
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’29.357 – Session 2
5. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’29.361 – Session 3
6. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’29.404 – Session 2
7. Loris Baz (Ducati) 1’29.583 – Session 3
8. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’29.606 – Session 3
9. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 1’29.718 – Session 3
10. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’29.857 – Session 2
11. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 1’29.860 – Session 3
12. Scott Redding (Ducati) 1’29.922 – Session 3
13. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’29.992 – Session 2
14. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 1’29.995 – Session 3
15. Jack Miller (Honda) 1’30.023 – Session 3
16. Tito Rabat (Honda) 1’30.119 – Session 3
17. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 1’30.198 – Session 3
18. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 1’30.492 – Session 3
19. Eugene Laverty (Ducati) 1’30.617 – Session 2
20. Takuya Tsuda (Suzuki) 1’32.599 – Session 2