2017 Jerez MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Puts Another Honda Top

In the high temperatures under the Andalusian sun, most of the grid was keen to try out the harder front tyre. Marc Marquez was the one to make the most of it, with a hard-hard combination that proved much less successful for Valentino Rossi. The reigning world champion used the hard rubber to post the fastest time of the session, as well as a good pace with high 1:39s and low 1:40s.

Two Yamahas completed the top three, but perhaps the less likely Yamahas in Jonas Folger, who led the session early on, and teammate Johann Zarco, who also showed good race pace, both within two tenths of Marquez.

Another stellar performer was Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard building on a good FP3 and finishing fourth while testing different tyre combinations on his Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the next Honda, in fifth position, while Rossi improved significantly on the medium rear tyre to post a series of low 1:40s and the sixth quickest time.

Andrea Dovizioso is looking more like himself in seventh position and will be expecting to go through Q1 without an issue. Dani Pedrosa had a low-key session after dominating practice all weekend, the Spaniard opting for the same hard front tyre as his Honda colleagues, an unusual occurrence considering his slender frame.

A much improved duo completed the top ten, Pol Espargaro bringing his KTM within six tenths of the leading Honda, and Tito Rabat progressing steadily throughout the weekend to finish ahead of his teammate.

The most frustrated face of FP4 was Maverick Viñales, who couldn’t find his rhythm down in sixteenth position and with a set of 1:41s on his last run.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.467    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.674 0.207 0.207
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'39.675 0.208 0.001
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'39.732 0.265 0.057
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.790 0.323 0.058
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.871 0.404 0.081
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.947 0.480 0.076
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.994 0.527 0.047
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.049 0.582 0.055
10 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'40.072 0.605 0.023
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.075 0.608 0.003
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.099 0.632 0.024
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'40.129 0.662 0.030
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.143 0.676 0.014
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.171 0.704 0.028
16 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.174 0.707 0.003
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.377 0.910 0.203
18 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'40.407 0.940 0.030
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.518 1.051 0.111
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'40.692 1.225 0.174
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'40.784 1.317 0.092
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'40.802 1.335 0.018
23 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki 1'41.351 1.884 0.549
Round Number: 
4
2017
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