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14 days ago
By motogp.com

Warm Up: Iannone in charge ahead of Viñales, Zarco

Italian continues to impress in Australia ahead of the race with the two leading Yamahas inside the top three again

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was again the fastest rider on circuit at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix as he went quickest in morning Warm Up, a 1:29.254 saw the Italian go 0.329 quicker than second place Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with fellow M1 rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) 0.688 off in third.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso sits fourth fastest ahead of the race, the Italian will be aiming to beat Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) - who was P17 in Warm Up - on Sunday in the battle for P2 in the Championship, with pole man Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) fifth on the timesheets. There hasn’t been a Suzuki winner in Australia since MotoGP™ Legend Kevin Schwantz won at Eastern Creek in 1993, but Iannone is looking like he can change that today and with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – P6 in Warm Up – launching from a season-best P5, there will be two GSX-RRs in the mix.

Alvaro Bautista (Ducati Team) crashed at Turn 4 – rider ok.

A classic Island battle awaits, and you don’t want to miss a single lap of the action. Lights go out for the MotoGP™ race at 16:00 local time (GMT +11).

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