Iannone tops Warm Up for Australian MotoGP

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 28th October, 2018 - 12:15pm

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Andrea Iannone pic: MotoGP.com

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

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
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

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