2019 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Slight Convalescence Suits Quartararo

If FP3 saw plenty of soft rubber trying to cope with the dust around Montmeló, it was time for some hard tyres to come out of their blankets for a hot FP4. That meant that the fastest men of the session mingled in the 1:40s on all the various tyre combinations. Fabio Quartararo eventually took the spotlight off Alex Rins on his final lap, proving that speed is the best pain killer after his highly publicised arm pump surgery. The Frenchman strung together a pretty impressive run of mid 1:40s on a soft front - medium rear, while the Spaniard posted nearly identical times on a medium – hard combination.

Maverick Viñales made a late jump into the top three on his softs but didn’t seem to quite match his Petronas-branded teammate on pace. Marc Marquez had to resort to his favoured hard front and circulated a couple tenths slower than his younger headaches at the front, while Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top five despite doing limited running in FP4 following his painful looking FP3 crash. The Ducatis looked keen on softs as usual and Andrea Dovizioso ran a decent pace on his way to sixth but half a second slower than the lead Yamaha and ahead of Valentino Rossi and Takaaki Nakagami.

Joan Mir and Jack Miller completed the top ten, while Cal Crutchlow limited his track time with a tumble at turn five. Jorge Lorenzo in 12th was the only Honda rider to make the soft front work and although it only brought him within a second of the leader, the Spaniard seemed to struggle less than Danilo Petrucci, the Mugello victor down in 15th and marginally quicker than Pol Espargaro.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'40.235    
2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.338 0.103 0.103
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.486 0.251 0.148
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.679 0.444 0.193
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'40.727 0.492 0.048
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.742 0.507 0.015
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.851 0.616 0.109
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.924 0.689 0.073
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.957 0.722 0.033
10 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.983 0.748 0.026
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.129 0.894 0.146
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'41.138 0.903 0.009
13 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'41.161 0.926 0.023
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.218 0.983 0.057
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.228 0.993 0.010
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.286 1.051 0.058
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.369 1.134 0.083
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.464 1.229 0.095
19 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'41.526 1.291 0.062
20 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'41.609 1.374 0.083
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.663 1.428 0.054
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.677 1.442 0.014
23 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.953 1.718 0.276
24 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'42.408 2.173 0.455
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I'm surprised riders are using their limited supply of soft tyres in fp4 where times don't count for anything. Would have thought they'd save them for qualifying or the race, if they are planning to race on them.

What do I know? Not much.

In Q1 Andrea Iannone had a technical problem at the end of pitlane. Jogged back up to the Aprilia box. Too hot for jogging in full leathers & all the gear!

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