2018 Austin MotoGP FP4 Result: The Marquez Show Continues

With the surface all dried up after an earlier shower, Marc Marquez took little time to drop into his favourite 2:04s and put a one second cushion between himself and unsurprisingly Andrea Iannone. While the Italian lost some ground to the Yamahas later on, the Repsol Honda man posted very consistent times regardless of the tyre combination he had on throughout the session.

The second run brought Maverick Viñales back to collective awareness, the Spaniard first slashing Marquez’s lead to two tenths of a second and eventually getting as close as five hundredths of a second to the reigning world champion. Besides a competitive fast lap, the Yamaha man was also the only other rider to consistently keep up with Marquez in the 2:04s when it came to race pace.

Teammate Valentino Rossi left it late to mingle at the front as the Italian made a late jump into third position although not quite pushing the youngsters at the top. Despite dropping to fourth on the timesheets, Iannone rode all session on the same hard rear tyre and did his best time on the final lap, six tenths down on Marquez.

Cal Crutchlow was another three tenths back in fifth position, followed by a subdued Andrea Dovizioso, nearly a second behind Marquez. Jack Miller’s seventh position looked like a substantial improvement from his previous practice sessions but it does come with a footnote in that he posted his best time while on the leader’s tail. Alex Rins, Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci completed a predictable top ten, just as the skies were starting to get a little dark.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.686    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.738 0.052 0.052
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'05.123 0.437 0.385
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'05.331 0.645 0.208
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.605 0.919 0.274
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.628 0.942 0.023
7 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'05.830 1.144 0.202
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'05.882 1.196 0.052
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'05.885 1.199 0.003
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'06.125 1.439 0.240
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'06.265 1.579 0.140
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'06.375 1.689 0.110
13 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'06.409 1.723 0.034
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'06.493 1.807 0.084
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'06.505 1.819 0.012
16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'06.524 1.838 0.019
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'06.586 1.900 0.062
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'06.649 1.963 0.063
19 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'06.705 2.019 0.056
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'06.725 2.039 0.020
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'06.855 2.169 0.130
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'06.988 2.302 0.133
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'07.327 2.641 0.339
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'07.836 3.150 0.509
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