2013 COTA MotoGP FP4 Result: Who Can Stop Marc?

Dani Pedrosa's place at the top of the timesheets was short-lived as teammate Marc Marquez dropped into the 2'03s and rose to the top of the timesheets, making it appear as if it Sunday will be a race for second. Pedrosa was four-tenths back of his teammate and a very unhappy World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was another five-tenths back -- nearly a full second off Marquez's time heading into QP2.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.779  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.183 0.404 / 0.404
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'04.680 0.901 / 0.497
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 2'04.825 1.046 / 0.145
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'04.996 1.217 / 0.171
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.558 1.779 / 0.562
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'05.679 1.900 / 0.121
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'05.732 1.953 / 0.053
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 2'06.125 2.346 / 0.393
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'06.280 2.501 / 0.155
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'06.408 2.629 / 0.128
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 2'07.089 3.310 / 0.681
13 11 Ben SPIES Ducati 2'07.304 3.525 / 0.215
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'07.410 3.631 / 0.106
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 2'07.939 4.160 / 0.529
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 2'07.942 4.163 / 0.003
17 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 2'08.383 4.604 / 0.441
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 2'08.605 4.826 / 0.222
19 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'08.818 5.039 / 0.213
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'08.934 5.155 / 0.116
21 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 2'09.002 5.223 / 0.068
22 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 2'09.097 5.318 / 0.095
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'10.018 6.239 / 0.921
24 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'10.032 6.253 / 0.014
25 79 Blake YOUNG APR 2'11.118 7.339 / 1.086
  44 Mike BARNES BCL 2'14.709 10.930 / 3.591

 

Round Number: 
2
2013
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Comments

If Dani didn't get baulked in his fast lap he might have taken pole. He'll be close enough to Marquez come race time.

not who can stop Marc, but will he stop himself? (Evil laughter).

I think Dani is close enough for race time to be able to stick on, then pass for the lead. (Hoping that is the case).

I dunnow.... Pedro's multiple-lap times from FP4 were only a few tenths off MM's. I'd like to think he can make a race of it. If so, his greater experience in conserving tires and fuel may carry the day.

L-Lo for third, although perhaps not by the margin he'd prefer. The battle for the next 3~4 positions should prove 'interesting.'

Wondering of JB can produce yet another 'magic ass rabbit' in time to cure Rossi's braking issues. (Do I dare suggest, however gently, that the real problem may not be mechanical in nature?)

13 hours and we'll find out! :)

1.9 secs is not trivial. He's back in the scrum and realistically, the brake protector of Qatar was a slice of good fortune that is no guarantee that other issues will not happen in the first hectic laps. Rossi has a long and rather glorious history of forging his own good luck by damn good decisions in the heat of battle - let nobody deny how well he has managed adverse circumstances.

If Lorenzo can upset the Honda onslaught and that having a ripple effect back through the pack, then there's a real chance of Rossi making great ground. However, one has to feel that as things stand, it's the HRC team's race to stuff up. Marquez has sufficient experience as a racer to not have a brain-fart; it will be a test of his maturity rather than his skill..