The MotoGP teams are converging on Phillip Island, Australia for the second of three pre-season tests, taking place February 17th to the 19th. At the first pre-season test in Sepang, Jorge Lorenzo set the best overall time, with Danilo Petrucci and Hector Barbera rounding out the top three. Following third-place Barbera was Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Andrea Iannone, Casey Stoner, and Bradley Smith. Sepang was also notable for Avintia Racing’s Loris Baz who suffered a major blowout at 180 mph along the straight due to an issue with the rear tire, subsequently causing Michelin to withdraw the soft tire option. The premier class heads to Qatar from the 2nd to 4th of March for the final official test before the 2016 MotoGP World Championship begins in Losail on the 17th of March.

  • Old MOron

    I guess Stoner isn’t going to ride on the Island, huh? I would vote for him to be fastest if he did. I expect the factory Yams to be fast again. Would love to see the Ducs and Suzooks up there. Honda? Who doesn’t want to see the Evil Empire fall on its face?!

    Oh, and Aprilia is bringing it’s new bike this time, right? Let’s see you Bautista and Bradl go. I hope they make a step.

    • http://motorcycle.com/ Tom Roderick

      I really wanted to add Stoner to the survey, but I couldn’t find proof anywhere that he was attending this test.

      • Old MOron

        Yeah, according to motogp.com, he won’t be at the test. I guess the factory team need to buckle down and develop this year’s bike without the media sensationalizing Casey’s efforts. Dovi appears to be struggling with the new tires.

        • Born to Ride

          Yeah, displaying that your test rider is actually faster on track, albeit HIS track, is likely counterproductive to team morale at some point as well.

      • Old MOron

        Hey T-rod, I’d love to read your story on Hubert’s globe trotting, but the link doesn’t work for me: http://www.motorcycle.com/%3Fp%3D35470

        • http://motorcycle.com/ Tom Roderick

          Thanks for the heads-up. The link is fixed and working now. Warning: Reading about Hubert will have you questioning your lifestyle.

  • john phyyt

    No one gives Dani Pedrosa a chance ! Full works Honda. Many wins ; Surgery now well in the past; And Yet!