2017 Silverstone MotoGP FP4 Result: Ducati Trips But Lorenzo Leads

It was back to sunny predictions weather-wise for FP4, the welcome sight of a nearly cloudless sky helping the premier class in getting some useful dry running done.

Marc Marquez gave his infamous hard tyre another good go and this time it looked like he found the patience to heat it up, not only proved through a lack or crashes but also by posting consistent times that placed the world championship leader at the top of the standings after the first run. Most riders seemed to favour the hard rear tyre in the hotter conditions, Michelin believing it offered more stability on the bump-filled circuit.

It took until the final five minutes of the session for Marquez to be removed from the top of the standings, first by Cal Crutchlow on the hard rear tyre, then by Andrea Dovizioso on the medium and eventually by Jorge Lorenzo on the soft.

Lorenzo was one of the few to try the soft rear on the first run and the Spaniard unluckily found himself stranded on the other end of the circuit on the outlap while finally on the hard rear. The Ducati man still got five final minutes of riding and begrudgingly went back out on the soft tyre so he had nothing better to do than get a headline out of it. And so he did, the Spaniard topping the session by over six tenths of a second ahead of his teammate.

Local boy Crutchlow was third, followed by Marquez – both riders sticking to the hard-hard combination. Maverick Viñales was fifth, the Spaniard finishing the session on the soft tyre, ahead of satellite colleague Johann Zarco.

The following places went to the unlikely Suzuki duo. Alex Rins was an early leader while chasing some world champion tail on track, the Spaniard quite keen on his young compatriot and getting a seventh position out of it. Andrea Iannone preferred to follow his own compatriot, leading Valentino Rossi in the standings after trailing him on track.

The top ten was completed by Danilo Petrucci, while Dani Pedrosa was nearly two seconds down on Lorenzo, in sixteenth place and surely with some concerns regarding Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.060    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.718 0.658 0.658
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.740 0.680 0.022
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.778 0.718 0.038
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.829 0.769 0.051
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.835 0.775 0.006
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'01.954 0.894 0.119
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'02.089 1.029 0.135
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'02.109 1.049 0.020
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.306 1.246 0.197
11 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.378 1.318 0.072
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'02.503 1.443 0.125
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'02.512 1.452 0.009
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.741 1.681 0.229
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'02.864 1.804 0.123
16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.871 1.811 0.007
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'03.007 1.947 0.136
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'03.262 2.202 0.255
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.271 2.211 0.009
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'03.320 2.260 0.049
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'03.401 2.341 0.081
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'03.612 2.552 0.211
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'04.246 3.186 0.634

 

Round Number: 
12
2017
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Comments

Ducati in the top 2 but how long can they maintain such pace in the race day, especially Jorge who still need more experience in conserving tyres with that bike