2019 Austria MotoGP FP4 Result: Viñales and Dovizioso Strike Back

Mission number one for the premier class in their final practice session was for someone to snatch a headline off Marc Marquez and it looked like mission impossible until Top Gun put in some new soft rubber for the final couple of minutes of FP4. Maverick Viñales ended his session with a mini qualifying run that put him at the top by one hundredth of a second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian also sampled a new medium rear for the final couple of laps and trailed the Yamaha man, demoting Marquez to third.

The world champion had been leading proceedings until the final couple of minutes and used the time to have a look at both the medium and the soft rear tyres. Despite his main rivals getting the best of him on the timesheets, Marquez continued to be one step ahead on race pace, regardless of the tyres he was running. Much like Dovizioso, Fabio Quartararo in fourth also seemed to favour the medium-soft combination, while the factory Yamahas preferred all mediums but all of them used their rubber to post mid to high 1:24, as opposed to Marquez’s low 1:24s.

There was nothing wrong with Pol Espargaro’s speed either, the KTM rider climbing into fifth, very narrowly ahead of Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci – the two Ducati men showing impressive consistency on long runs as well. Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira and Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top ten, six tenths off the leader. Meanwhile, the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi were struggling to even enter 1:24 territory and finished the session 15th and 16th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'23.983    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.997 0.014 0.014
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.048 0.065 0.051
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'24.278 0.295 0.230
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.401 0.418 0.123
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'24.435 0.452 0.034
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.439 0.456 0.004
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.594 0.611 0.155
9 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'24.617 0.634 0.023
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'24.708 0.725 0.091
11 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'24.754 0.771 0.046
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'24.835 0.852 0.081
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'24.845 0.862 0.010
14 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'24.952 0.969 0.107
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'25.032 1.049 0.080
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'25.061 1.078 0.029
17 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'25.146 1.163 0.085
18 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'25.148 1.165 0.002
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'25.171 1.188 0.023
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'25.609 1.626 0.438
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'25.622 1.639 0.013
Round Number: 
11
2019
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