Danilo Petrucci topped a weather-affected first day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island in Australia.
Weather played a major part in the day’s running, rain making it impossible for riders to set representative times throughout most of session.
It wasn’t inside the last hour that times started to fall, Pramac rider Petrucci first going fastest with a 1m32.769s, before improving to a low 1m31s, and the ultimately a 1m31.764s, which was comfortably the quickest time of the day.
Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) both improved late to finish second and third fastest, albeit 0.7s and 0.8s behind the pace-setter.
Petrucci’s teammate Scott Redding wound up fourth, having sat second with 15 minutes of the day remaining, with Cal Crutchlow fifth on the LCR Honda.
Valentino Rossi was best of the factory Yamahas with the sixth best time, while Jack Miller only completed six laps on his return from injury, but still managed the ninth best time.
Andrea Iannone was best of the factory Ducatis in 10th, while Marc Marquez led the way for Repsol Honda with the 12th fastest time, despite having been fastest with an hour left to run.
Full testing times:
|1||Danilo Petrucci||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:31.764||12|
|2||Maverick Vinales||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:32.483||0.719||20|
|3||Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:32.590||0.826||27|
|4||Scott Redding||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:32.864||1.100||41|
|5||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||1:32.948||1.184||21|
|6||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:33.088||1.324||27|
|7||Pol Espargaro||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:33.126||1.362||20|
|8||Yonny Hernandez||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:33.841||2.077||6|
|9||Jack Miller||Marc VDS Racing Team||1:33.992||2.228||6|
|10||Andrea Iannone||Ducati Team||1:34.049||2.285||9|
|11||Tito Rabat||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||1:35.273||3.509||29|
|12||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||1:35.354||3.590||20|
|13||Aleix Espargaro||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:35.584||3.820||2|
|14||Eugene Laverty||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:35.679||3.915||10|
|15||Takuya Tsuda||Suzuki Test Team||1:36.166||4.402||6|
|16||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:39.825||8.061||24|
|17||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||1:40.138||8.374||15|
|18||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||no time|