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Marquez tops crash-strewn final day

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Friday 19th February, 2016 - 6:32pm

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Marc Marquez set the benchmark on the final day of the pre-season test at Phillip Island

Marc Marquez set the benchmark on the final day of the pre-season test at Phillip Island

Marc Marquez emerged as the pacesetter on the final day of the MotoGP pre-season test at Phillip Island which was littered with incident.

The factory Honda rider clocked a session best 1:29.158s in the final 90 minutes of running which was just 0.027s slower than the benchmark set by Maverick Vinales yesterday.

Vinales once again showcased the pace of the Suzuki ending the session in second spot just 0.141s adrift of Marquez, with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow in third.

However, Thursday’s pacesetter was one of a handful of riders to suffer falls during the day.

Testing began in dry conditions before rain showers arrived in the afternoon which ultimately saw the session halted for two hours.

While Vinales emerged from his crash unscathed, a heavy accident for Danilo Petrucci brought out the red flags with the Italian suffering several fractures to his right hand.

It is unclear whether the injury will see the Pramac Ducati rider miss the opening race of the season at Qatar from March 18-20.

Australia’s Jack Miller, who finished in 14th spot, was another rider to suffer a fall but he escaped without injury.

The Townsville rider’s Marc VDS team-mate Tito Rabat along with Marquez, Crutchlow, Jorge Lorenzo, Bradley Smith and Eugene Laverty were also caught out by the conditions.

Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera impressed on his way to fourth fastest ahead of Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha), Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) rounded out the top 10.

Result: MotoGP Pre-season test Day 3, Phillip Island 

Position Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 1:29.158 48 / 64
2 Maverick Vinales Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:29.299 0.141 11 / 39
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:29.348 0.190 58 / 58
4 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 1:29.361 0.203 57 / 65
5 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.435 0.277 43 / 56
6 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1:29.583 0.425 11 / 54
7 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:29.606 0.448 37 / 42
8 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:29.718 0.560 43 / 44
9 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.760 0.602 16 / 41
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:29.860 0.702 49 / 65
11 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:29.922 0.764 57 / 61
12 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 1:29.932 0.774 39 / 53
13 Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:29.995 0.837 53 / 57
14 Jack Miller EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:30.023 0.865 37 / 37
15 Tito Rabat EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:30.119 0.961 56 / 56
16 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.188 1.030 43 / 45
17 Alex Espargaro Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:30.198 1.040 34 / 38
18 Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 1:30.492 1.334 48 / 54
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 1:31.055 1.897 25 / 45
20 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Team 1:33.532 4.374 32 / 46

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