2018 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4 Result: Iannone’s Still Got It

The moody weather of Phillip Island was in fine form on Saturday, going from sun to drizzle and back in record time and the setting was back on dry and sunny for the final practice session of the premier class. The man who seemed to enjoy it most early on was Valentino Rossi, the Italian picking up top spot temporarily before Andrea Iannone reclaimed a familiar position for the Italian this weekend. Once Iannone hit the front, he had little opposition and grabbed the headline with a lap posted on fairly used rubber. Rossi also got outdone by teammate Maverick Viñales eventually and despite finishing third, the Yamaha veteran looked less than thrilled with his machine’s performance.

Andrea Dovizioso kept under the radar and while he did not show any devastating speed, the Italian finished fourth and with good pace on a soft-hard combination. Johann Zarco made it three Yamahas in the top five before the first Honda even made an appearance. With the hard rear tyre an overwhelmingly popular option, Marc Marquez was the oddity. Apparently determined to give the fragile soft rear tyre another punishment, Marquez used up an already battered set before swapping to the hard rear and posted similar consistent times in the mid 1:30s.

Alex Rins in seventh was the final rider to post a time within a second of teammate Iannone, whiel Hafizh Syahrin was fortunately back on track and inside the top eight despite his scary looking tumble in FP3. Unusually, Danilo Petrucci was another man who tested the soft rear and used it to finish ninth, with Alvaro Bautista rounding out the top ten. Dani Pedrosa was the only man to give the medium rear a look but only made it work enough for 14th position and with an eye on Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'29.604    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'30.148 0.544 0.544
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'30.292 0.688 0.144
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'30.299 0.695 0.007
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'30.399 0.795 0.100
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'30.478 0.874 0.079
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'30.531 0.927 0.053
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'30.887 1.283 0.356
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'31.043 1.439 0.156
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'31.087 1.483 0.044
11 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'31.268 1.664 0.181
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'31.292 1.688 0.024
13 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'31.293 1.689 0.001
14 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'31.404 1.800 0.111
15 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'31.499 1.895 0.095
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'31.662 2.058 0.163
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'31.706 2.102 0.044
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'31.781 2.177 0.075
19 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'31.802 2.198 0.021
20 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'31.883 2.279 0.081
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'31.946 2.342 0.063
22 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'32.065 2.461 0.119
23 7 Mike JONES Ducati 1'33.237 3.633 1.172
Round Number: 
17
2018
Tweet Button: 

Back to top

Comments

On full display, the Suzuki MotoGP machine. Wonderful and conventional handling. Good manners. Plenty of tractible power.

Iannone. Big shiny balls.

Great track!

(Yamaha has gotten into their corner, past the worst of it)

And, here comes Marquez...