2019 Austin MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Issues A Reminder

Marc Marquez sent a friendly reminder to Maverick Vinales and the rest of the field on Saturday that his second-place showing in FP2 was a simple setback and not a trend at the Circuit of the Americas track in Texas. Marquez's 2'05.478 beat Cal Crutchlow's best lap by nearly two seconds in mixed conditions that saw the field start the session on rain tires and end it on slicks. 

Valentino Rossi, who appears to be getting increasingly happy with his M1 Yamaha as the season progresses, finished the session third but well off the leader's pace. For most of the paddock, there wasn't much to be learned -- or gained -- from FP4 as the track conditions remained varied from the morning deluge that canceled FP3 in all classes. Aditionally, Sunday's race is expected to be dry so there wasn't much to be learned about race setup. 

For the first half of the session, with puddles remaining on the 5.5 km circuit, riders remained on medium-compound wet tires that limited lap times to the 2'16s -- or a little more than 10 seconds from the top dry-track lap times from the previous day. But with seven minutes left in the session as the track became increasingly dry, riders began to pit and change to full slicks. Immediately, lap times began to drop into the 2'06 range.

But not every rider could approach the dry lap times even late in the session. With a little more than a minute left, eight seconds separated positions 1 through 20. Then on his final lap, Marquez showed exactly how race-ready the track was with his 2'05.478. 

 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'05.478    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'07.378 1.900 1.900
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'08.029 2.551 0.651
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'08.440 2.962 0.411
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'08.592 3.114 0.152
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'08.719 3.241 0.127
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'08.822 3.344 0.103
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'08.878 3.400 0.056
9 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'08.894 3.416 0.016
10 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'09.142 3.664 0.248
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'09.243 3.765 0.101
12 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 2'09.426 3.948 0.183
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'09.559 4.081 0.133
14 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 2'09.650 4.172 0.091
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'09.756 4.278 0.106
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'09.899 4.421 0.143
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'10.128 4.650 0.229
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'10.151 4.673 0.023
19 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'10.639 5.161 0.488
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'11.022 5.544 0.383
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'11.066 5.588 0.044
  99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'17.549 12.071 6.483
Round Number: 
3
2019
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