2014 COTA MotoGP FP4 Result: Pack Closes Up On Marquez

Marc Marquez is fastest once again in Austin, the reigning world champion topping the final session of free practice ahead of qualifying. But the gap is definitely closing: his advantage at the end of FP4 was down to just a third of a second, with riders now focusing in this final session on race set up rather than setting a fast lap.

Andrea Iannone ended the session in 2nd, setting an impressive pace using Dani Pedrosa's slipstream. Iannone ended 0.367 behind Marquez, and nearly a tenth ahead of Pedrosa. Stefan Bradl took 4th on the LCR Honda, making it three Hondas in the top four, while Valentino Rossi rounded out the top five.

FP4 also gave a glimpse of possible tire use for the race. Marquez and Pedrosa spent almost all the session on the harder tire, while Rossi and the other Yamaha riders put in the time on the softer of the two options for the Factory Option riders. Iannone, like the other Ducatis, worked with the medium tire, the harder of their two options, the soft wearing much too fast to be able to actually use in the race.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.650
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'04.017 0.367 0.367
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.104 0.454 0.087
4 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'04.244 0.594 0.140
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.657 1.007 0.413
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'04.657 1.007 0.000
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'04.740 1.090 0.083
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'04.882 1.232 0.142
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'04.929 1.279 0.047
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 2'05.031 1.381 0.102
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'05.044 1.394 0.013
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 2'05.211 1.561 0.167
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'05.791 2.141 0.580
14 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'06.370 2.720 0.579
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 2'06.570 2.920 0.200
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'06.752 3.102 0.182
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'06.759 3.109 0.007
18 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 2'06.827 3.177 0.068
19 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 2'07.077 3.427 0.250
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'07.662 4.012 0.585
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 2'07.910 4.260 0.248
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 2'08.295 4.645 0.385
23 23 Broc PARKES PBM 2'08.367 4.717 0.072
Round Number: 
2
2014
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