2019 Buriram MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Robs Marquez Again

The premier class were keen to enjoy some more dry track time after rain washed away some of the grip on offer and it wasn’t just asphalt that got hot but also Marc Marquez’s pace. The world champion showed once again that his spectacular FP1 incident was all forgotten, his Honda wobbling once again around turn 4 and floating on the front tyre into turn 12 all while Marquez was riding an impressive pace in the high 1:30s – low 1:31s on the overwhelmingly popular hard front-soft rear tyre combination.

This also ensured that the Spaniard stayed at the top of the timesheets until the very last minute, when, not unusually, Fabio Quartararo did a test quali run on fresh rubber and robbed Marquez of top spot by three hundredths of a second. Maverick Viñales was once again in the mix, the Spaniard third and with pace rivalling his compatriot’s.

Jack Miller was top Ducati, three tenths off the lead trio and another tenth ahead of factory colleague Andrea Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi was pretty lonely in his admiration of the soft front tyre but the Italian persevered and got fast enough for sixth spot, with decent pace in the mid 1:31s. Narrow margins separated the rest of the top ten, Alex Rins getting the best of Franco Morbidelli, while Pol Espargaro came out on top of Danilo Petrucci. Joan Mir and Pecco Bagnaia were the final riders to post a time within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'30.755    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'30.782 0.027 0.027
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'30.953 0.198 0.171
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'31.253 0.498 0.300
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.389 0.634 0.136
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.411 0.656 0.022
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'31.427 0.672 0.016
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'31.471 0.716 0.044
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'31.472 0.717 0.001
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'31.495 0.740 0.023
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'31.527 0.772 0.032
12 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'31.610 0.855 0.083
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'31.780 1.025 0.170
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'32.026 1.271 0.246
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'32.125 1.370 0.099
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'32.132 1.377 0.007
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'32.235 1.480 0.103
18 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'32.244 1.489 0.009
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'32.294 1.539 0.050
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'32.371 1.616 0.077
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'32.797 2.042 0.426
22 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'32.894 2.139 0.097
Round Number: 
15
2019
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Just had dinner with two French couples. Two of them like motorbikes.

Me "Something very special is happening right now in MotoGP. A 20yr old French kid is aware that he can do something remarkable."

French guy "isn't MotoGP mostly Italian and Spanish?"

Me "Now, for sure...so a French kid..."

French gal "even more special?"

Si beau ce garçon.