2016 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4: Hayden (Yes, Hayden) Leads The Way

Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion and current World Superbike rider, finished FP4 at the top of the timesheet when a fortuitous downpour ended the dry qualifying on slicks just after the American set a fast lap. World Champion Marc Marquez finished second 3.2-seconds behind. But the Spaniard might have been the real winner. His 1'40.031 on full wet tires after a rainstorm interrupted practice, was nearly a second faster than next quickest rider, Aleix Espargaro.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. /Prev.  
1 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'36.810    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.031 3.221 / 3.221
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'40.971 4.161 / 0.940
4 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.973 4.163 / 0.002
5 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'41.092 4.282 / 0.119
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.199 4.389 / 0.107
7 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'41.482 4.672 / 0.283
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.648 4.838 / 0.166
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'41.825 5.015 / 0.177
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.880 5.070 / 0.055
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'42.112 5.302 / 0.232
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'42.152 5.342 / 0.040
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'42.225 5.415 / 0.073
14 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.226 5.416 / 0.001
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.916 6.106 / 0.690
16 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'43.019 6.209 / 0.103
17 7 Mike JONES Ducati 1'43.048 6.238 / 0.029
  25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'43.821 7.011 / 0.773
  50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'43.933 7.123 / 0.112
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'44.411 7.601 / 0.478
  53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'44.545 7.735 / 0.134

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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IF, IF, IF, IF - Nicky won tomorrow, I think the cheer from the crowd at P.I. would be heard in Kentucky.  Nicky is  very much a hero down here, not just for his P.I. Lap Record but for his absolute sportsmanship, great riding, and no BS character. We appreciate clean riding, lack of show-pony extremes and just general 'good bloke' nature.  His time as wingman to Stoner, never complaining and always giving it the best shot, did NOT go unappreciated.   I doubt there is an Aussie motoGp fan who would not pick up Nicky's bar tab in any pub down here, anytime.

If qualifying is rained out that run will place Hayden on pole correct? Weird way to get it but I think it happened once before. Or was that WSBK?

Did you seee his shit eating grin when the cameras were in his box ofter the session? Hilarious! I'm so happy he was brought in to replace Danny. Anything can happen in the wet. GO KENTUCKY KID!

when Nick set that time. It started to sprinkle on the first lap and Marquez pulled back into the pits. Nick stayed out. He did two more laps on slicks as the rain began to fall, and it was pouring down by the last of those three laps. The lap he set that 1:36 was in the rain and on slicks. It was far from dry. Look at the video on MotoGP dot com. The rooster tail coming off the back of Nick's Honda is proof enough that his time was more remarkable than simply being at the top of the time sheets.

Never thought I'd see the day when someone has to come out and defend a random wet practice time. We all know Nicky's a talented rider. He's not great but good on his day. Surely he doesn't need defense by any of us?