2018 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Iannone Steals Lorenzo’s Thunder

The last playtime for the premier class before things got serious started off with some uncharacteristic tyre choices in the field. Jorge Lorenzo on the soft was no surprise though, nor was his excellent pace on it, so the only choice the Spaniard needed to make was between the two aero fairings. As the Spaniard swapped to the less sizeable version, he looked unthreatened at the top of the timesheets – until the final minute that is, when Andrea Iannone put in a new soft rear and snuck ahead by eight hundredths of a second. Despite the rapid lap time, the Italian could not quite match the Spaniard’s scary race pace.

In a rare sight, Marc Marquez had a first run on a used soft rear before switching to hards to finally break into the 1:39s and steadily climb into third – steadily on the timesheets, not so much on track. The Spaniard might not have snatched top honours but he did steal the limelight with a sublime double save on his final lap.

Maverick Viñales was also there or thereabouts on the soft rubber, finishing the session with similar pace to Marquez and two tenths down on the leader. Andrea Dovizioso set an early benchmark good enough for fifth, while Tito Rabat continued an excellent weekend in sixth. Valentino Rossi did not seem to like the soft tyre as much as his teammate and ended up seventh after his switch to mediums.

Danilo Petrucci was nearly six tenths slower than his leading compatriot, with top rookie Hafizh Syahrin as high as third in the session before being pushed back to ninth. Dani Pedrosa closed the top ten, with Cal Crutchlow and Johann Zarco close behind.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'39.708    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'39.789 0.081 0.081
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.836 0.128 0.047
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.944 0.236 0.108
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.044 0.336 0.100
6 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.156 0.448 0.112
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.236 0.528 0.080
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.301 0.593 0.065
9 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'40.321 0.613 0.020
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.441 0.733 0.120
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.455 0.747 0.014
12 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'40.485 0.777 0.030
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.552 0.844 0.067
14 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.772 1.064 0.220
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.783 1.075 0.011
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.861 1.153 0.078
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.890 1.182 0.029
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.907 1.199 0.017
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.070 1.362 0.163
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'41.264 1.556 0.194
21 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'41.316 1.608 0.052
22 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.394 1.686 0.078
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'41.551 1.843 0.157
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.618 1.910 0.067
25 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'41.726 2.018 0.108
26 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'42.014 2.306 0.288
Round Number: 
7
2018
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