2018 Jerez MotoGP FP4 Result: A Rare Suzuki One-Two

With the track temperatures skyrocketing throughout the final practice session, the tale of FP4 was one of riders gradually migrating towards the hard tyre. Marc Marquez had led the session from the start and showed his usual consistent pace before a minor slide through the gravel interrupted his run on lap five. While the Spaniard was dusting himself and his hard tires off, Andrea Iannone went fastest on mediums and held on to the lead until the checker flag.

The Italian was not the only Suzuki to demonstrate good speed, Alex Rins joining him in the top two soon after, three tenths down on his teammate. Behind them was the hard tyre brigade, led by Marquez, who recovered from his crash to post a set of low 1:39s on used tires. The world champion was closely followed (in both ranking and pace) by teammate Dani Pedrosa, who steadily climbed his way through the order after uncharacteristically switching to a hard tyre combination.

That tire choice was not that much of a surprise from Cal Crutchlow in fifth position, although it was a novelty for Andrea Dovizioso in sixth spot. Seven tenths down on the leader was Tito Rabat in seventh position, ahead of Danilo Petrucci.

Maverick Viñales was over eight tenths slower than Iannone throughout the heatwave, with Pol Espargaro completing the top ten as the last man within a second of the leader.

The likes of Jorge Lorenzo in 11th, Valentino Rossi in 14th and Johann Zarco in 16th struggled to drop their pace anywhere near the low 1:39s coming from the frontrunners.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'38.444    
2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'38.820 0.376 0.376
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.836 0.392 0.016
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'38.945 0.501 0.109
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.964 0.520 0.019
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.103 0.659 0.139
7 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.139 0.695 0.036
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.207 0.763 0.068
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.297 0.853 0.090
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.360 0.916 0.063
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'39.462 1.018 0.102
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.491 1.047 0.029
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'39.499 1.055 0.008
14 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.524 1.080 0.025
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.551 1.107 0.027
16 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.582 1.138 0.031
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.675 1.231 0.093
18 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'39.675 1.231  
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'39.686 1.242 0.011
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'39.689 1.245 0.003
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.755 1.311 0.066
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'39.762 1.318 0.007
23 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'39.817 1.373 0.055
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'40.444 2.000 0.627
25 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'40.729 2.285 0.285
Round Number: 
4
2018
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