Dry but hardly sunbathing weather invited the MotoGP class to do some race simulations. After Marc Marquez’s FP3 run on the hard rear tyre planted some question marks around the paddock, FP4 was a jumble of all combinations imaginable.
Marquez himself started his runs on the soft rear tyre, showing the same steady pace, before fancying another taste of his favoured hard. While on a red hot lap, the Spaniard lost the front into turn three but managed to rejoin after a quick sightseeing trip on the escape road. Two laps later, the world champion put his negligibly injured machine at the top of the standings.
That displaced Maverick Viñales from the coveted position, The Spaniard running a medium set of tyres and going on to post some high 1:24 laps. Dani Pedrosa also made the best of the medium tyres to take third and confirm himself as the favourite to come through Q1.
Unusually for his personal preferences, Johann Zarco ignored his beloved soft in favour of the medium tyre, the Frenchman fifth in the session, two and a half tenths down on Marquez. While running fourth with two minutes to go, Andrea Iannone’s Suzuki started making smoke signals so the Italian had to pull off and watch as he got pushed off to fifth place. His former teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, finished the session closely behind him in the standings and four tenths off the leader.
Despite the Yamahas appearing to prefer the medium, Valentino Rossi gave the hard rear tyre a good go as well and the Italian finished seventh, after posting some consistent mid-to-high 1:24s. Scott Redding, Jonas Folger and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top ten, the trio six tenths slower than the world championship leader.