2020 Emilia-Romagna MotoGP FP4 Result: Bagnaia’s Mission Possible

The premier class made the best of the final opportunity to show off their pace and quite a few men earned their bragging rights at the end of the 30 minutes. Pecco Bagnaia was first of those men, a tenth faster than Joan Mir’s top time but both riders had pace to spare in the low 1:32s. While the still convalescent Italian decided to rest a little by only doing one run, Mir managed to run full race distance on his tyres, to impressive results.

Maverick Vinales’s effort was on par with the leaders to finish third but we’ve repeatedly learned that it's not always a good indication of his performance on Sunday. Pol Espargaro managed not to add any more tumbles to his portfolio in Misano and climbed to fourth, ahead of Fabio Quartararo, who might be somewhat worried by how many rivals are matching his fast pace.

Danilo Petrucci continues to progress on home soil, up sixth in the session but only narrowly ahead of rookies Alex Marquez and Iker Lecuona, who finished only four tenths off top spot. The KTM duo of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten, the Portuguese rider catching up after a bruising morning in Misano.

Some of the stars of last weekend, Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi, could not quite keep up with their teammates and missed out on the top ten, about half a second off the pace. Despite having two men in top ten positions, the rest of the Ducati garage had a concerning session, with Andrea Dovizioso in 13th position and Jack Miller 18th, over a second off his teammate’s top time. Takaaki Nakagami’s 16th place could partly be explained by an early tumble at turn 15, but Alex Rins in 17th offered much less of an explanation.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.005    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.103 0.098 0.098
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.124 0.119 0.021
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.145 0.140 0.021
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.295 0.290 0.150
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'32.348 0.343 0.053
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.382 0.377 0.034
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.425 0.420 0.043
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.518 0.513 0.093
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.545 0.540 0.027
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.553 0.548 0.008
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.558 0.553 0.005
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.603 0.598 0.045
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.605 0.600 0.002
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.638 0.633 0.033
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.815 0.810 0.177
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.923 0.918 0.108
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.097 1.092 0.174
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.502 1.497 0.405
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'33.977 1.972 0.475
Round Number: 
8
2020
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