Rain has affected the first day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island, but at the end of the day it was Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci on top of the timesheet. Petrucci made the most of the dry track time at the end of the day, putting in a time of 1:34.764 to finish just over 0.7 second ahead of second fastest Maverick Viñales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Teams arrived to overcast skies and a wet track for the beginning of the second official pre-season MotoGP test at the Phillip Island Circuit. Intermittent rain throughout the day kept the majority of riders inside the pits until the weather cleared and the track dried in the final hour. The rain prevented the teams from completing any major tests, but did allow them to get a better understanding of how the Michelin tyres and new ECU software perform in the wet. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the first rider onto the circuit and he ran a number of laps on wet tyres. By the end of the day he had completed only 15 laps and his best time of 1:40.138 placed him well down the timesheet at 17th. Team mate Marc Marquez waited until the rain eased and ventured out on a new intermediate tyre. His best time of the day was 1:35.354. Valentino Rossi tested the 2016 Yamaha with the fuel tank in the rear, and ran most if his 27 laps in the wet. He missed his first chance to run on a dry track but managed to get a quick lap in the closing minutes of the day. His final time of 1:33.088 was good enough to secure him 6th fastest of the day. His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, completed 22 laps in the wet, the most wet laps of any rider. He failed to improve on his wet weather time of 1:39.825 which left him at 16th fastest. Australia’s Jack Miller was able to ride for the first time since breaking his leg. The Marc VDS Racing Team planned for Jack to do just 25 laps to assess the condition of his leg, but that was reduced to only six laps because of the track conditions. He still managed to record the ninth fastest time at 1:33.992. With such varying conditions at the circuit today, lap times really don’t give an accurate indication of performance. Testing resumes tomorrow, and teams are hoping for more consistent and dry conditions.
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