2016 Argentina MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Tops A Red-Flagged Session

Marc Marquez set the fastest time in FP4 Saturday, a session which was twice red-flagged after the rear Michelin on Scott Redding's Ducati partially disintegrated during practice.

Redding was unhurt but race direction stopped practice to allow course workers to pick up sizable chunks of the rear tire and then, a few minutes later, stopped FP4 again when it could not be immediately determined if the cause was the bike, debris on the track or a flaw in the hard rear tire offered by Michelin. 

After a few minutes, race directed ruled that the tire was safe for minimal laps and that further evaluation of that specific tire construction would take place overnight to determine if it is safe to race. 

Andrea Iannone finished FP4 a distant second, eight-tenths from Marquez's hot lap at the four-minute conclusion of FP4. Valentino Rossi finished with the third fastest time as riders worked on race set-up with qualifying rounds already set. Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth after a late-practice crash at Turn 1, a section of track that has caught several riders out this weekend. 

Results:

Pos. No.  Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.882    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.753 0.871 / 0.871
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.777 0.895 / 0.024
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'40.816 0.934 / 0.039
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.870 0.988 / 0.054
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.042 1.160 / 0.172
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.045 1.163 / 0.003
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'41.080 1.198 / 0.035
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'41.324 1.442 / 0.244
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'41.430 1.548 / 0.106
11 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'41.457 1.575 / 0.027
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'41.469 1.587 / 0.012
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'41.601 1.719 / 0.132
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'41.605 1.723 / 0.004
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'41.835 1.953 / 0.230
16 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'41.957 2.075 / 0.122
17 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'42.389 2.507 / 0.432
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.439 2.557 / 0.050
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'42.466 2.584 / 0.027
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'42.498 2.616 / 0.032
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'42.920 3.038 / 0.422

 

Round Number: 
2
2016
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