Marquez tops final day of Phillip Island testing

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Marc Marquez has topped the final day of testing at Phillip Island, taking the top spot by 0.1 from overall fastest man Maverick Viñales. Faster consistently than the rest of the field, they were nonetheless also the victims of colder track temperatures that saw many of the field fall.

Cal Crutchlow was a surprise third, finishing only 0.05 behind the Suzuki rider, but was also a victim of conditions, falling late in the day as cold winds and showers of rain brought cooler track temperatures for the first time on the latest generation of Michelins.

Hector Barbera was fourth, also a surprise name on the timesheets as the Avintia Ducati pairing continue to display how much they’ve adapted to 2016’s new electronics and tyres, with teammate Loris Baz in sixth with only Valentino Rossi splitting the duo.

Marquez, Viñales and Crutchlow weren’t the only fallers, however, with MarcVDS Honda racers Tito Rabat and Jack Miller, Tech 3 Yamaha duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, the second Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro, Eugene Laverty, Jorge Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci all fallers – with Petrucci the only serious injury after breaking three metacarpals in his right hand.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer