2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Vinales Sets The Pace

With Fabio Quartararo setting the noteworthy pace throughout the first practice sessions, FP4 showed that the Frenchman does have some serious competition in Catalunya. The first challenger to step into the ring was colleague Maverick Vinales, whose early pace on new rubber was not too shabby, in the low to mid 1:40s. The Spaniard led the session throughout and was one of the many riders favouring the soft rear tyre.

Pol Espargaro was tempted by the medium rear to begin with – like all KTMs – but then went on to show fine pace in the mid 1:40s on the soft. The younger Espargaro continues to enjoy his time on home soil to finish only two hundredths of a second down on Vinales and with Joan Mir another hundredth down, making it an all Spanish top three. Valentino Rossi breaks the spell in fourth, while apparently undecided between the medium and soft rear. Quartararo seemed to be haunted by some mysterious technical issues early on but his second machine worked just fine and allowed him to come within six hundredths of a second of Vinales, although fifth on the timesheets.

Brad Binder in sixth place was only two tenths off the lead, while Pecco Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten. The likes of Takaaki Nakagami, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins missed out on prime positions despite being only three tenths of a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.315    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.335 0.020 0.020
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.352 0.037 0.017
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.374 0.059 0.022
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.377 0.062 0.003
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.564 0.249 0.187
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.592 0.277 0.028
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.619 0.304 0.027
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.641 0.326 0.022
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.659 0.344 0.018
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.685 0.370 0.026
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.691 0.376 0.006
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.710 0.395 0.019
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.751 0.436 0.041
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.788 0.473 0.037
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.814 0.499 0.026
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.849 0.534 0.035
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.130 0.815 0.281
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.182 0.867 0.052
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.331 1.016 0.149
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.538 1.223 0.207
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'41.645 1.330 0.107
Round Number: 
9
2020
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