2018 Assen MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez On A Roll

The final chance to find your way in practice came and went for the premier class and it saw some out of character tyre choices, with Marc Marquez going softer than his Honda colleagues, Maverick Viñales starting on all softs and his teammate Valentino Rossi on the medium-hard combination. After the world champion showed blistering pace on the new hard-medium combination, he went on to do the same on used medium-soft rubber, on which he posted the fastest time of the session and the only 1:33.

Andrea Iannone proved once again that there is nothing wrong with his Suzuki’s one lap pace, the Italian the only rival to Marquez’s early pace but eventually he was demoted to second by six hundredths of a second. Compatriot Andrea Dovizioso was third on a hard rear but did not demonstrate the same consistent pace as his main title rival. Viñales finished fourth, three tenths down on Marquez and with a couple of low and mid 1:34s that once again were not quite as consistent as the Repsol Honda man’s.

Cal Crutchlow also went through quite a diverse tyre choice, going from hards to the medium-soft combination and was fast enough for fifth. Alex Rins improved significantly to climb into sixth, ahead of an even more impressive Takaaki Nakagami. Danilo Petrucci was eighth, seven tenths down on Marquez and another tenth ahead of Johann Zarco. Lorenzo completed the top ten, almost a second slower than the leader and with some more speed to do on race pace.

Valentino Rossi’s progress was hindered by an early crash in turn seven but the Italian dusted himself off and finished the session eleventh, while Dani Pedrosa continued to have a bad day in 15th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.954    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.011 0.057 0.057
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.224 0.270 0.213
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'34.277 0.323 0.053
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'34.289 0.335 0.012
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'34.349 0.395 0.060
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'34.584 0.630 0.235
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.663 0.709 0.079
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'34.791 0.837 0.128
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'34.854 0.900 0.063
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.866 0.912 0.012
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'34.915 0.961 0.049
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.061 1.107 0.146
14 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'35.106 1.152 0.045
15 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'35.154 1.200 0.048
16 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'35.195 1.241 0.041
17 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'35.276 1.322 0.081
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'35.322 1.368 0.046
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.322 1.368  
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'35.560 1.606 0.238
21 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'35.586 1.632 0.026
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'36.000 2.046 0.414
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'36.180 2.226 0.180
  21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda      
Round Number: 
8
2018
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