2018 Silverstone MotoGP FP4 Result: Viñales Escapes Downpour Before Red Flag

Despite the cool conditions following earlier rain, plenty of hard front tyres were unveiled as riders took to the track for one final stroll ahead of qualifying. There was no such need for Jorge Lorenzo, who shot into the lead with a 2:01 as soon as he hit the track on new mediums and held station until Maverick Viñales found himself back into the familiar position at the top of the timesheets on the same tyres halfway through the session.

The Spaniard timed his move to perfection as rain flags came back out in sector four soon after, due to a gargantuan black cloud turning things dark despite the rest of the track still enjoying sunshine. Most riders retreated to pitlane for the rest of the session with only half a dozen laps posted on their initial runs but a few brave souls went back out in the incoming downpour.

Viñales took the checkered flag in the comfort of his garage, almost half a second faster than Lorenzo on the timesheets. Marc Marquez threatened for the lead throughout this first run while making an impressive race run in the low 2:01s on a used soft rear and followed that through with a run on rain tyres. His experiment was cut short as a red flag was waved following several incidents at turn seven. Standing water on the Hangar Straight caused trouble for the likes of Alex Rins, Lorenzo, Franco Morbidelli, Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith and the unluckiest of the lot, Tito Rabat, who had to be taken to the Medical Centre after being hit by another incoming bike.

The remaining two minutes were not restarted and the hierarchy was maintained on the timesheets, Jack Miller fourth, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, all three riders half a second off Viñales. Rins in seventh position was over a second slower than the leader, with teammate Andrea Iannone, Johann Zarco and Morbidelli rounding out the top ten. Valentino Rossi was 1.7 seconds off his teammate after the handful of laps set.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.571    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.982 0.411 0.411
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'02.002 0.431 0.020
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'02.111 0.540 0.109
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'02.133 0.562 0.022
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'02.150 0.579 0.017
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'02.631 1.060 0.481
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'02.632 1.061 0.001
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'02.897 1.326 0.265
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'02.964 1.393 0.067
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'03.053 1.482 0.089
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'03.231 1.660 0.178
13 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'03.273 1.702 0.042
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'03.275 1.704 0.002
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'03.287 1.716 0.012
16 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'03.353 1.782 0.066
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'03.391 1.820 0.038
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'03.467 1.896 0.076
19 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'03.494 1.923 0.027
20 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'03.636 2.065 0.142
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'03.920 2.349 0.284
22 76 Loris BAZ KTM 2'04.315 2.744 0.395
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'04.350 2.779 0.035
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'05.479 3.908 1.129
Round Number: 
12
2018
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Get well soon Tito Rabat. It sounds like a nasty injury from the little I have seen.

Thanks Reale Avintia racing, "The fractures of right femur, tibia and fibula have been fixed." At least the worst is over for Tito Rabat 53. I guess his racing season is also finished.