2017 Motegi MotoGP FP4 Result: No Rival For Marquez

The dry patches that created uncertainty for the lightweight class vanished by the time the MotoGP riders found their way back onto the track for their final practice session. Constant drizzle soaked the track for big part of the session to create consistent conditions to do some race pace work. The track did start to dry once again but plentiful of spray was still getting kicked up.

Marc Marquez planted his flag at the top of the pile on his first laps by over half a second and then decided to push a little more on his second run, this time on a medium front. The world champion built up on that advantage to increase the gap to one and a half seconds and post the fastest time of the weekend.

A much happier Dani Pedrosa joined the slightly warmer somewhat drier track to become his teammate's closest pursuer, while Jorge Lorenzo also accepted the challenge but even with the best of will, the Spaniard only recovered a couple of tenths on the Honda duo.

Danilo Petrucci in fourth place was already over two seconds down on Marquez, the Italian narrowly sneaking ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who did not improve on his early lap time. Johann Zarco also had to rely on an early lap for his sixth place after the Tech 3 man joined the list of blue-clad crashers in the session.

Valentino Rossi also featured on that list, the Italian sightseeing on the escape roads while attemptiong to restart his M1 following a crash in turn eight. The Italian rejoined the action on his second bike and finished the session seventh, ahead of his struggling teammate Maverick Viñales, the factory duo two and a half seconds slower than the world championship leader.

The top ten was completed by Tito Rabat and an equally impressive Sam Lowes, as the final two men within three seconds of Marquez.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'54.581    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.113 1.532 1.532
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'56.537 1.956 0.424
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'56.756 2.175 0.219
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.768 2.187 0.012
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'57.026 2.445 0.258
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'57.112 2.531 0.086
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'57.231 2.650 0.119
9 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'57.534 2.953 0.303
10 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'57.565 2.984 0.031
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'57.627 3.046 0.062
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'57.758 3.177 0.131
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'57.802 3.221 0.044
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'57.850 3.269 0.048
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'57.925 3.344 0.075
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'58.013 3.432 0.088
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'58.190 3.609 0.177
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'58.294 3.713 0.104
19 31 Kohta NOZANE Yamaha 1'58.415 3.834 0.121
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'58.498 3.917 0.083
21 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'58.552 3.971 0.054
22 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'58.689 4.108 0.137
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'58.744 4.163 0.055
24 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 1'58.750 4.169 0.006

 

Round Number: 
15
2017
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