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Old 02-19-2016, 03:53 AM   #1
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Phillip Island MotoGP test A crash filled day three

Marquez tops day three Viales tops combined timesheets with a stunning 129131

THE final day of the Phillip Island test proved to be difficult for many riders with Marquez topping the times, but Vinales holding the top spot on combined times.

The final morning of testing at Phillip Island started off with clear conditions allowing riders to get out on track immediately. The top seven riders were able to get below the 1:30 barrier within just a couple of laps.

It was Loris Baz who had one of the biggest improvements with the Avintia Racing rider’s early time already half a second faster than his best from Thursday.

As riders pushed harder and harder to improve their times, crashed began. Tito Rabat was the first; the MotoGP rookie crashed at the incredibly fast Turn 1 before being taken to the medical centre for checks to his left wrist. No injuries were confirmed for Rabat.

In the meantime, Rabat's Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mate, Jack Miller, suffered a fall at Turn 6 with Thursday's leader Maverick Viñales following soon after. Both were uninjured, but Viñales’ Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR sustained heavy damage.

There was also a crash at Turn 2 from Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard was unhurt like the other three, but became the fourth fall in the first two hours of the day.

Difficulties continued for the Suzuki team as Aleix Espargaro also crashed at Turn 6 and although he was unharmed, rain soon set in on the circuit and limited his track time again.

The weather caused a delay of over two hours to proceedings with Scott Redding the first rider to head out as the track began to dry; the Brit returning to the pits immediately.

Yet more falls followed as Rabat had his second crash of the day - this time at Turn 4. Again he was uninjured. Aleix Espargaro also had a second crash at Turn 4 as did Bradley Smith at the tight corner and reported some discomfort in his shoulder after. Turn 4 continued to claim victims throughout the afternoon with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow coming off too.

Late in the day there was a brief red flag as Danilo Petrucci crashed at Turn 8. The Italian headed to the medical centre with right wrist pain. Petrucci was later diagnosed with multiple fractures in his right hand ending his test on a low after topping the time-sheets on day one.

Fellow Ducati rider Eugene Laverty crashed with 45 minutes remaining, but the Aspar MotoGP Team rider avoided any serious injuries having only just returned to full fitness after his Sepang crash.

With just over half an hour remaining, Jorge Lorenzo suffered a fall at Turn 10, suffering no major injuries, and walking back to the pits. Marc Marquez also crashed without consequence in the final minutes of the test.

Leading the time-sheets on Friday was Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez, 0.141s clear of overall leader Viñales. A late charge put Crutchlow third in the last minutes of the test.

One of the most impressive results of the day came from Hector Barbera in fourth with a 1:29.361s, he and his teammate Baz, in sixth, were split by Valentino Rossi.

In seventh, Dani Pedrosa made steady improvements throughout the day to end ahead of Espargaro and Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten and was 0.702s back on Marquez’s best time.

Due to his stunning 1:29.131 on Thursday, Maverick Viñales leaves the test as the overall fastest rider ahead of Marc Marquez. LCR Honda’s Crutchlow set the third fastest time of the test.

Despite a difficult third day, Lorenzo leaves Australia as the fourth fastest rider just 0.004s ahead of Hector Barbera who proved that the GP14.2 is still competitive despite being several generations behind the factory bikes. Rossi’s 1:29.404 from Thursday sees him end the test in sixth, continuing the strong form the factory Yamaha team have shown in recent tests.

The second fastest Ducati at the end of the Phillip Island test was Baz on the Avintia Ducati; a new seat unit allowed him to get more comfortable on the bike and end the test seventh overall. Pedrosa ends the three days with a best time of 1:29.606, 0.023s back on Baz .

Rounding out the top ten on combined times, Espargaro and Andrea Iannone both completed significant distance on their machines over the three days. Iannone was closely followed by Ducati Team team-mate Dovizioso with Octo Pramac Yakhnich’s Scott Redding just behind.

Fellow Brit Smith leaves Phillip Island in 13th ahead of Wednesday’s leader Petrucci and Miller. The Australian rounded out the top fifteen on his return from injury.

Rabat ends the test in 16th, but within a second of the fastest time while Espargaro finished a disappointing 17th ahead of Aspar MotoGP Team duo Yonny Hernandez and Eugene Laverty. Takuya Tsuda rounded out the top 20.

The final pre-season test takes place in March at the Losail circuit before the season opener at the same circuit in Qatar.

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