Marquez leads crash-marred final day

Marc Marquez put Repsol Honda on top of the timesheets on the final day of MotoGP pre-season testing at Phillip Island, but there were a total of 13 crashes through the field.

Marquez leads crash-marred final day
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
The crashed bike of Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP
The crashed bike of Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing

The Spaniard took over P1 from Suzuki's Maverick Vinales with 45 minutes left on the clock, lapping in 1m29.158s, 0.141sec quicker than Vinales.

The Suzuki rider had a big crash midway into the session but still managed to hold onto second in another strong showing from the team.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow finished third ahead of Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera, with the first Yamaha of Valentino Rossi in fifth, 0.277s off Marquez.

A relatively dry session but with a spell of rain saw a host of crashes from the riders, the worst being for Octo Pramac's Danilo Petrucci, who suffered multiple fractures in his right hand.

Other crashes included Crutchlow, Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Eugene Laverty, Bradley Smith, Jack Miller, Tito Rabat and Aleix Espargaro - all of whom carried on later in the session.

Rabat's and Petrucci's incidents brought out the red flag for a brief period. The Spaniard also reported a wrist pain but was cleared to continue.

Loris Baz rounded off a strong showing from Avintia finishing sixth ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Tech 3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro.

The top 10 was completed by reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo and the first Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

Full testing times:

PosRiderTeamFastest lapGap
1  Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 1:29.158  
2  Maverick Vinales Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:29.299 0.141
3  Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:29.348 0.190
4  Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 1:29.361 0.203
5  Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.435 0.277
6  Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1:29.583 0.425
7  Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:29.606 0.448
8  Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:29.718 0.560
9  Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:29.760 0.602
10  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:29.860 0.702
11  Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:29.922 0.764
12  Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 1:29.932 0.774
13  Danilo Perrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1:29.995 0.837
14  Jack Miller EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:30.023 0.865
15  Tito Rabat EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:30.119 0.961
16  Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:30.188 1.030
17  Aleix Espargaro Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:30.198 1.040
18  Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 1:30.492 1.334
19  Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 1:31.055 1.897
20  Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Team 1:33.532 4.374
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