2014 Assen MotoGP FP4: Marquez Sounds Ominous Warning

If MotoGP FP4 is a good indicator for how tomorrow's race will unfold then Marc Marquez' competitors will be praying for rain, as it appears the young Spaniard could simply disappear into the distance. Marquez set a circuit lap record time of 1:33.462 among a string of ominously quick and consistent laps to better Aleix Espargaro's Thursday hot lap by two tenths of a second and he didn't even require a super-soft tyre.Valentino Rossi posted the second fastest time to end the session a gaping four tenths of a second behind the rampant Marquez, he was followed very closely by his teammate Jorge Lorenzo and the Espargaro's Pol and Aleix.

Dani Pedrosa finished an under whelming nine tenth shy of his teammates and has his work cut out for him to be ready for Sunday's race, while the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone took seventh and eighth positions. The satellite Honda pairing of Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top ten.   

Full Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.462    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.860 0.398 0.398
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'33.862 0.400 0.002
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.941 0.479 0.079
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'34.158 0.696 0.217
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.353 0.891 0.195
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.657 1.195 0.304
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'34.670 1.208 0.013
9 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'34.690 1.228 0.020
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'34.883 1.421 0.193
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'34.929 1.467 0.046
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'35.523 2.061 0.594
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'35.835 2.373 0.312
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'35.926 2.464 0.091
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'35.934 2.472 0.008
16 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'35.984 2.522 0.050
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'36.005 2.543 0.021
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'36.035 2.573 0.030
19 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'36.036 2.574 0.001
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'36.192 2.730 0.156
21 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'36.531 3.069 0.339
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'36.669 3.207 0.138
23 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'37.271 3.809 0.602


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I keep wondering for why both Bradl and Bautista seem to have dropped down almost any given session standings.

Over the last 2 seasons, one or both of them competed strongly for podium positions IIRC.

Has there been a drop in support or machine spec? Does Honda still expect podiums from the pair, as they have been highly vocal about previously?

"Over the last 2 seasons, one or both of them competed strongly for podium positions IIRC."

I don't remember Bradl or Bautista competing for podiums at all. Last season, Valentino would get the usual 4th and then Bradl or Bautista would fight that position, but that was really far from the podium, with the exeption of Lagua Seca. Maybe we were watching different races.

2013 - Bradl had two 4ths and a 2nd, Bautista had three 4ths

2012 - Bradl (debut) had one 4th, Bautista had two 4ths and two 3rds

4th is technically competing for a podium. 5th not so much.

Maybe you really were watching different races :)

I wouldn't call that "strongly" competing for podiums but that's just my opinion. We all know that Bradl is always there for the first few laps and then fades away after a few laps. He hasn't really challenged any of the front riders.

.... its because Marc actually knows his braking points and how a motogp bike handles the tracks now. He has an additional year of experience, and unless he was just naturally gifted enough to ride a MotoGP bike as fast as he ever will and has no capacity to learn, of course he is going to be faster in his second year, just like everyone else who steps up to the premier category. He's going to be towing the guys following closely along at a higher speed.

Also - Rossi has found something with his riding style, and both Dani and Jorge are uninjured.

Andrea Iannone has also lifted his game, Pol has stepped up and Aleix is on a more competitive bike. Bradley Smith also seems to have finally learned to ride a GP bike.

In short: the competition is tougher. The only person who has gone backwards really is Cal.

I think they're passing thru a stage in their careers that seem to have plateau for a while, they're the best of the rest no doubt and will prey an any wounded alien but still lack the consistency of a true alien.

Marco would be there being an alien himself by now.