Petrucci tops wet first day at Phillip Island

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:

PosRiderTeamFastest lapGapLaps
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    

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Danilo Petrucci
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