2013 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Results: Pedrosa Edges Crutchlow

Championship leader Dani Pedrosa lead the final sweltering practice session for the MotoGP class at Catalunya. Cal Crutchlow mastered the use of the harder Bridgestone tyre compound and the scalding 51 degree track temperatures to finish only four hundredths behind in-form man Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo recovered from his early morning tumble to finish third ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi and LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl.

After topping FP3, Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez had to settle for sixth place ahead of Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten. Espargaro had a crash at turn four with ten minutes of the session remaining, the dominant rider of the CRT class was fortunately able to walk away from the minor spill. Avintia Blusens man Hiroshi Aoyama sat out the session due to a severe hand injury which he sustained in his crash in FP3. He was replaced by local Spanish rider Javier Del Amor. 

Results: 

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'42.078    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'42.122 0.044 0.044
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'42.387 0.309 0.265
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.606 0.528 0.219
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'42.721 0.643 0.115
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.865 0.787 0.144
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'42.921 0.843 0.056
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'43.173 1.095 0.252
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'43.478 1.400 0.305
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'43.539 1.461 0.061
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'43.584 1.506 0.045
12 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'43.788 1.710 0.204
13 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'44.238 2.160 0.450
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'44.351 2.273 0.113
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'44.845 2.767 0.494
16 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'44.872 2.794 0.027
17 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'44.914 2.836 0.042
18 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'45.068 2.990 0.154
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'45.072 2.994 0.004
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'45.166 3.088 0.094
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'45.654 3.576 0.488
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'45.869 3.791 0.215
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'46.516 4.438 0.647
24 77 Javier DEL AMOR FTR 1'48.950 6.872 2.434

 

Round Number: 
6
2013
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Comments

How many of the riders opted for a soft tyre to set a fast time, or were they happy with their efforts from the morning session?

It appeared most riders were still trying to sort out their race setup to be honest. Lots of chopping and changing between soft and hard tyres. I would imagine that the general consensus will be leaning towards using the harder compound for tomorrows race though..

If it remains hot on Sunday afternoon, judging from what Lorenzo has been doing, the hard tyre will be the go. Espargaro is once again proving an embarrassment to some...

I don't think he's proving an embarrassment to anyone, he's just doing himself proud and demonstrating the real potential of the ART machine.. The likes of DePuniet, Abraham and Hernandez should be encouraged and spurred on by Aleix's performances thus far.