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Ducati continue to dominate at Red Bull Ring MotoGP test

Ducati continued to dominate the top of the timesheets on day two of MotoGPO testing at the Red Bull Ring but this time it was Andrea Iannone who set the quickest time, with a 1’34.240 set using the new chassis he used for the first time yesterday.

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had already raced that chassis in Assen and was the only man who could get within half a second of his teammate, ending Wednesday 0.440s behind while former MotoGP champion and Ducati test rider Casey Stoner was the only other man to break the 1’24 barrier. The Australian finished 0.625s behind Iannone despite a crash right at the end of the day.

Hector Barbera made it all-Ducati top four, with Scott Redding’s Octo Ducati and Yonny Hernandez’ Pull and Bear Ducati in ninth and tenth respectively meaning there were six Ducatis in the top ten. Hernandez’ team-mate Eugene Laverty finished 11th quickest on the GP14.2, with Danilo Petrucci in 14th and test rider Michele Pirro in 16th.


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were separated by just 0.025s in fifth and sixth respectively as they tried to put the disappointment of the Sachsenring behind them, finishing within a second of Iannone’s time.

Ecstar Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales was seventh fastest, just 0.127s ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaro in eighth, as they continued to work on the GSX-RR’s electronics setup.

Cal Crutchlow was the leading Honda rider in 11th, with the podium finisher from the German GP 1.215s off the pace. Fellow Honda riders, Estrella Galicia Marc VDS’s Jack Miller and Tito Rabat, ended the day in 13th and 15th on the timesheets.

The KTM test team of Mika Kallio and Tom Luthi continued to assess their progress alongside the other manufacturers, with both riders managing to get within 2.5s off Iannone’s pace.

Sam Lowes and fellow Aprilia Racing Team Gresini test rider Mike de Meglio continued to develop the new RS-GP gearbox alongside factory rider Alvaro Bautista, but decided not to run transponders and didn’t record a time.

Click here for Lowes’ thoughts on the test

Today’s times

1. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 1’23.240s
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 1’23.680s
3. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Test Rider 1’23.865s
4. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 1’24.091s
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’24.169s
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’24.194s
7. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.208s
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.335s
9. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1’24.375s
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1’24.396s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda 1’24.455s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team 1’24.497s
13. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 1’24.555s
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1’24.602s
15. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 1m 24.760s
16. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing 1’25.139s
17. Mika Kallio FIN KTM MotoGP Factory Racing 1’25.191s
18. Thomas Luthi SWI KTM MotoGP Factory Racing 1’25.705s

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