Marc Marquez Sets The Pace In Australia

Marc Marquez testing Wednesday in Australia. (Honda photo)

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia — Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, the reigning world champion, topped the speed charts Wednesday as Moto GP teams got back to work on day one of a three-day test at the Phillip Island GP Circuit.

Marquez turned a best lap of one minute and 29.497 seconds.

“We had a quite a busy day because we worked a lot on the engine, which of course is different from the one we used here at Phillip Island last year,” Marquez said. “That meant we had to readjust everything during the morning and spend a lot of time in the box. In the afternoon we found a base for the electronics, but we still need to work harder in this area. I’m fast, but like in Malaysia we want to double-check how it’s working in some areas. We also worked on the setup, and overall it has been a positive day. The weather was good, which is always important, so hopefully it will stay the same for the next two days.”

Multi-time world champion Valentino Rossi was second for Movistar Yamaha.

“It was a good day, I‘m quite satisfied,” Rossi said. “We started in a difficult way this morning. Before the break I wasn‘t strong enough and because I couldn‘t push at the maximum I didn‘t have a lot of feeling. We worked well during the break and in the afternoon the situation changed, I was a bit better. At the end, with the new tyre, I was able to do a good lap and second position is positive for the first day. For sure, we still have a lot to do, especially on the long distance and we hope to have good weather also in the next few days.

Andrea Iannone was third for Suzuki Ecstar with Maverick Vinales fourth on the second Yamaha and Cal Crutchlow fifth for LCR Honda.