2021 Qatar MotoGP FP4 Result: Maverick Makes His Mark

The premier class made the best of their final opportunity to get a clear picture of race setup in similar, if slightly warmer conditions than expected on Sunday evening. Perhaps the standout performance came from Maverick Vinales, the Spaniard fast and consistent and edging ahead of rivals on pace. He also grabbed top spot in FP4 on his final flying lap, dethroning Johann Zarco. The Frenchman might have lost the minor honours but he also enjoyed the spotlight as he set a new MotoGP top speed record of 362.4 km/h before his Ducati made an unavoidable off track excursion.

Fabio Quartararo also showed good rhythm as he climbed into third, three tenths of a second behind the leader. Miguel Oliveira followed him closely – four thousandths of a second close – while Aleix Espargaro stayed at the business end within the top five. Despite adding Q1 to his TO DO list, Joan Mir was fast in FP4 and ended the session sixth on the timesheets. Franco Morbidelli was the odd one out on tyre choice, sampling the hard rear together with his teammate in the initial stages, but swapped back to softs and promptly climbed into seventh position.

Honda men Stefan Bradl and Takaaki Nakagami were seven tenths off top spot, while Alex Rins rounded out the top ten positions. Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Marquez narrowly missed out on that top ten, finishing just ahead of practice maestro Jack Miller, the trio little under a second down on the top time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.106    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.324 0.218 0.218
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.483 0.377 0.159
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.487 0.381 0.004
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.648 0.542 0.161
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.735 0.629 0.087
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.737 0.631 0.002
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.741 0.635 0.004
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.891 0.785 0.150
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.893 0.787 0.002
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.971 0.865 0.078
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.014 0.908 0.043
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.041 0.935 0.027
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.068 0.962 0.027
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.194 1.088 0.126
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.257 1.151 0.063
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.272 1.166 0.015
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.404 1.298 0.132
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.497 1.391 0.093
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.531 1.425 0.034
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.023 1.917 0.492
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.746 2.640 0.723
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2021
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