Andrea Iannone has finished fastest in Warm Up for the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix with a lap not far away from the pole time.
Iannone clocked a 1:29.254s halfway through the 20-minute session, which was less than a tenth slower than Marc Marquez’s pole lap the afternoon prior.
The Suzuki Ecstar rider’s benchmark was set, however, on a soft-soft tyre combination when most others were running on a hard rear Michelin.
Among them was Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales, who was fastest prior to being knocked off by Iannone and closed the gap from 0.538s to 0.329s shortly after.
Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), who also ran soft-soft, was more than twice as far away in third position, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) finished fourth, and Marquez (Repsol Honda) was a late mover to fifth position.
Iannone’s team-mate Rins used a soft-hard combination to go sixth-quickest, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati).
Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) opted for medium-hard tyres on his way to ninth, and was reportedly trialling a new front fender designed to direct brake heat into the sides of the front tyre.
Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM) rounded out the top 10 at 1.369s off the pace.
Marquez had a slight moment early on at Southern Loop in the overcast conditions but it was Alvaro Bautista who again found himself on the floor.
The Ducati Team stand-in folded the front at the Turn 4 Hairpin with just over five minutes remaining and ended up 14th.
Mike Jones, who fills Bautista’s seat at Nieto Ducati, was 3.931s back from Iannone at the rear of the 23-bike field.
The 27-lap race is all that is left for MotoGP at Phillip Island, with a start due at 1600 local time/AEDT.
Warm Up: Australian MotoGP
|1||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:29.254|
|2||25||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:29.583||0.329 / 0.329|
|3||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1:29.942||0.688 / 0.359|
|4||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:30.020||0.766 / 0.078|
|5||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:30.072||0.818 / 0.052|
|6||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:30.131||0.877 / 0.059|
|7||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:30.280||1.026 / 0.149|
|8||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:30.300||1.046 / 0.020|
|9||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:30.358||1.104 / 0.058|
|10||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:30.623||1.369 / 0.265|
|11||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1:30.627||1.373 / 0.004|
|12||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:30.647||1.393 / 0.020|
|13||55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||MAL||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1:30.701||1.447 / 0.054|
|14||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||ESP||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:30.749||1.495 / 0.048|
|15||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||1:30.757||1.503 / 0.008|
|16||12||Thomas LUTHI||SUI||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1:30.861||1.607 / 0.104|
|17||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:30.885||1.631 / 0.024|
|18||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:30.928||1.674 / 0.043|
|19||26||Dani PEDROSA||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:31.253||1.999 / 0.325|
|20||81||Jordi TORRES||ESP||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:31.301||2.047 / 0.048|
|21||10||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:31.325||2.071 / 0.024|
|22||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:31.456||2.202 / 0.131|
|23||7||Mike JONES||AUS||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||1:33.185||3.931 / 1.729|