Sepang - MotoGP™ Test 2017
On Wednesday, the first official MotoGP test of 2017 concluded with Maverick Vinales topping the time sheets at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, ahead of a surprise result from Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki and with Marc Marquez third despite Honda’s slow initial start.
After testing on Monday and Tuesday was affected by rain, all the teams were out to make the most of dry conditions on Wednesday morning.
The days test was briefly interrupted by a rain shower arriving at 2:30pm, fortunately sunshine soon returned, but the slow-drying track meant riders were reluctant to venture back out.
However, the final hour and a half saw a flurry of activity and new personal best lap times.
Pushing and exploring their machines to the limit saw many riders go down, Day 2 leader Andrea Iannone lost the front of his Suzuki at Turn 1 early in the day, and subsequently at Turn 15. Pol Espargaro, Hector Barbera and Aleix Espargaro also fell, without harm.
Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat was absent due to injuries in a Tuesday highside, but day one pace setter Casey Stoner was back on track for Ducati after missing the second day.
While MotoGP may have placed a ban on aerodynamic winglets, Vinales and team-mate Valentino Rossi spent substantial time with the new Yamaha fairing, which incorporates internal wing surfaces, without them protruding from the bike.
The next official test will take place at Phillip Island, Australia from February 15-17.