The MotoGP class went out to enjoy some sunshine but mostly to see what Michelin thinks about all the sunshine hitting the track. All the various tyre combinations got some airtime, as riders compared their options, but one man who looked good in whatever shoes he wore was Fabio Quartararo. Petronas’ rookie was the only rider to drop into the 1:32s in the final practice session and scored Yamaha the full 4 out of 4 in practice sessions this weekend. Quartararo’s best time was in the middle of an impressive set of mid 1:33s on a medium front – hard rear tyre, the Frenchman being only slightly slower on all mediums.
Maverick Viñales helped make Yamaha’s day even better from second position, while Alex Rins encouragingly joined the top four but when it mattered slightly less than in FP3. Marc Marquez was also undecided on tyre options but he posted a fairly consistent set of mid to high 1:33s on the medium front – hard rear, the same as Quartararo’s.
Andrea Dovizioso also showed good pace on the medium, the Italian seemingly much more confident in his choice, which he stuck to throughout the session. Joan Mir joined the top six with a late fast lap, while Danilo Petrucci was about two tenths slower than his teammate and a full second down on the leader. Takaaki Nakagami, Pol Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli completed the top ten. Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi seemed to be struggling to keep up the pace in 18th place, over a second and a half down on colleague Quartararo.