Maverick Vinales set the pace on a dry second day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island.
The Suzuki rider clocked in at 1m29.131s during the latter part of the day’s running, which was enough to leave him 0.161s clear of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez after the pair staged a shoot-out of quick laps inside the last five minutes.
The factory Yamaha pair were third and fourth fastest, Jorge Lorenzo edging out Valentino Rossi by less than half a tenth.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was fifth fastest, ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) and works Ducati rider Andrea Iannone.
Dani Pedrosa was eighth fastest on the second Repsol Honda, but it was hardly a straightforward day for the Spaniard.
Around 90 minutes from the end of the session Pedrosa sparked a red flag by crashing at Turn 4, but was quickly given the all-clear and was able to resume running shortly afterwards.
That wasn’t the only red flag either; with just 10 minutes of the day’s running left to go Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati) crashed at the same spot as Pedrosa.
The Colombian was also uninjured, but with so little time left didn’t make it back out.
Full testing times:
|1||Maverick Vinales||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:29.131|
|2||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||1:29.292||0.161|
|3||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:29.357||0.226|
|4||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:29.404||0.273|
|5||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||1:29.671||0.540|
|6||Hector Barbera||Avintia Racing||1:29.854||0.723|
|7||Andrea Iannone||Ducati Team||1:29.857||0.726|
|8||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||1:29.917||0.786|
|9||Scott Redding||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:29.941||0.810|
|10||Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:29.992||0.861|
|11||Loris Baz||Avintia Racing||1:30.134||1.003|
|12||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||1:30.142||1.011|
|13||Pol Espargaro||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:30.154||1.023|
|14||Danilo Petrucci||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:30.156||1.025|
|15||Aleix Espargaro||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:30.385||1.254|
|16||Yonny Hernandez||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:30.509||1.378|
|17||Jack Miller||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||1:30.514||1.383|
|18||Eugene Laverty||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:30.617||1.486|
|19||Tito Rabat||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||1:30.650||1.519|
|20||Takuya Tsuda||Suzuki Test Team||1:32.599||3.468|