Even after a strong showing in Sepang, Yamaha aren‰Ûªt resting on their laurels and head to Australia with the goal of confirming their findings from Sepang. With Michelin having taken significant steps forward on their front tyre, it appears that the frame Yamaha designed for 2016 may not be used and more back-to-back comparisons are needed. Neither of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders are yet to do a race run on the Michelin tyres with the Magneti Marelli ECU, with Phillip Island‰Ûªs less extreme heat this will be near the top of their list.
Ducati are another manufacturer who head to Australia after a successful Sepang test, both Petrucci and Barbera showed well while Iannone and Dovizioso made significant progress on the 2016 machine. The Ducati proved to be hyper competitive at Phillip Island in 2015 and the Bologna factory are looking to confirm that the all eight of their bikes will be strong once again. Although Casey Stoner was in Sepang, it does not appear he will be riding. Eugene Laverty, who suffered a heavy fall in Sepang and injured his hand, will also be back on track..
Of all the teams it is Suzuki who look set to bring the most new parts to Australia, the Japanese test team will be testing the fully seamless gearbox with the aim of making it available to Maverick ViÌ±ales and Aleix Espargaro for the Qatar test. Both the factory riders have been in Hamamatsu, Japan performing extensive wind tunnel work for the engineers.
Aprilia will miss the Australia test as they head to Qatar for a private test where they will debut their 2016 RS-GP. Test rider Mike Di Meglio performed a shakedown on the new machine at Aragon on the 10th and 11th of February.
Phillip Island is infamous for being a rider‰Ûªs circuit, where a rider can overcome bike issues for a strong result. As such expect a variety of riders to be fighting for the top spot.
The three days of testing begin on the today the 17th of February at 10:00 Local Time and finishes on Friday 19th of February at 18:00 Local Time.
Sadly sitting here in Melbourne with an hour to go before testing the weather is not looking good for much dry weather testing.