Austria MotoGP Test Times – Day 2: Ducati’s Domination Continues

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The second day of testing at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria saw the Ducatis continue to dominate the timesheets, as times continued to tumble.

It was Andrea Iannone’s turn to top the timesheets, the Italian posting a very fast lap to beat his teammate Andrea Dovizioso by nearly half a second.

Test rider Casey Stoner set the third fastest time, though a late fall at the end of the session hampered any further improvement. Stoner put the fall down to using soft tires for the first time in four years.

He was unhurt in the crash, but ran out of time to get back out on track. Stoner has spent all his time testing the GP16 without wings, while the two factory riders tested the bike with wings.

Hector Barbera rounded out the Ducati top four, over eight tenths behind Iannone, and just ahead of the two Movistar Yamahas.

Valentino Rossi was nine tenths slower than Andrea Iannone, but improved his time from Tuesday by nearly nine tenths. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo took nearly a second off his best time, setting the sixth fastest time.

The two Suzukis followed the Yamahas, Maverick Viñales leaading Aleix Espargaro by just over a tenth, Viñales inside a second of Iannone, Espargaro just over a second behind Iannone. Cal Crutchlow was the fastest Honda, 1.2 seconds off the pace of Iannone.

The KTMs continued to test, Mika Kallio closing the gap to the leaders by three tenths of a second. Kallio lapped around the same pace as Ducati’s Michele Pirro, finishing a few hundredths off the pace of the Italian. The KTM appears to be making good progress.

Day 2 MotoGP Testing Times at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Diff. Prev. Improv.
1 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:23.240 -1.107
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:23.680 0.440 0.440 -0.084
3 Casey Stoner Ducati 1:23.865 0.625 0.185 -0.637
4 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:24.091 0.851 0.226 -0.558
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:24.169 0.929 0.078 -0.885
6 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:24.194 0.954 0.025 -0.981
7 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:24.208 0.968 0.014 -0.387
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:24.335 1.095 0.127 -0.888
9 Scott Redding Ducati 1:24.375 1.135 0.040 -0.086
10 Yonni Hernandez Ducati 1:24.396 1.156 0.021 -0.775
11 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:24.455 1.215 0.059 -0.983
12 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1:24.497 1.257 0.042 -0.254
13 Jack Miller Honda 1:24.555 1.315 0.058 -0.790
14 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:24.602 1.362 0.047 -0.390
15 Tito Rabat Honda 1:24.760 1.520 0.158 -1.435
16 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:25.139 1.899 0.379
17 Mika Kallio KTM 1:25.191 1.951 0.052 -0.865
18 Tom Luthi KTM 1:25.705 2.465 0.514 -0.700
19 Loris Baz Ducati 1:26.453 3.213 0.748 +0.459

Source: Dorna

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