2019 Brno MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez, Who Else?

The premier class got the worst conditions of the weekend for their final practice session but Marc Marquez still found his way to the fastest time of the day in the mid to high 2:03s. The gap to the opposition started around the two second mark and steadily reduced until the Spaniard moved the goalposts again in the final couple of minutes. Eventually he took the flag seven tenths faster than his closest rival and with sun making a comeback over the proceedings.

With dry conditions promised for the race, there was not too much prove in FP4, other than Marquez still got it in tricky conditions, but Maverick Viñales was once again his closest challenger. The Yamaha man finished the session narrowly ahead of the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, with Danilo Petrucci as the last man within a second of the leader. Jack Miller added to the Ducati trio in the top five, while Johann Zarco stole a bit of the limelight with his fairly impressive sixth place and pace not to dissimilar to those surrounding him.

The Frenchman even managed to finish ahead of the Yamaha trio of Valentino Rossi, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. Alex Rins rounded out the top ten, closely followed by Pol Espargaro and the second-best Honda of Cal Crutchlow in 12th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.779    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.482 0.703 0.703
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'04.497 0.718 0.015
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'04.778 0.999 0.281
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'04.832 1.053 0.054
6 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'04.970 1.191 0.138
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'05.043 1.264 0.073
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'05.091 1.312 0.048
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 2'05.104 1.325 0.013
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'05.112 1.333 0.008
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'05.171 1.392 0.059
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.335 1.556 0.164
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'05.367 1.588 0.032
14 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 2'05.494 1.715 0.127
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 2'05.529 1.750 0.035
16 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'05.737 1.958 0.208
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.336 2.557 0.599
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'07.020 3.241 0.684
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'07.050 3.271 0.030
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'07.115 3.336 0.065
21 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'07.232 3.453 0.117
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'07.720 3.941 0.488
23 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'07.742 3.963 0.022
Round Number: 
10
2019
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Comments

Unrelated to the actual FP4 proceedings, but can I just point out Neil Spalding's commentary (during FP4) about the Yamaha chassis' swaps going on this year?

Supposedly, Quartararo began 2019 on something like a '2016.3' M1 chassis (w/ the detuned 2019 engine), and because of his results, the Factory team has been (or is currently) testing on that older chassis and Quartararo might have since been given a 'Works' chassis to run on?

I found this to be simply astonishing.  And maybe I'm last to the party for this data, but man -- just kinda blew me away.