2021 Doha MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Takes Control

Despite the still significant amount of dust and sand making it look like rain when riders got off the racing line, the premier class made good use of their final practice session. Amongst the standout performances of the evening was FP4 leader Johann Zarco, the Frenchman taking control of the timesheets early on and following it up with an impressive series of mid to high 1:54s. Equally impressive was QatarGP victor Maverick Vinales, who finished the session second and with impressive pace of his own, while Joan Mir quickly joined to top three and 1:54 club once he swapped to the soft rear tyre after a short stint on the medium. Fabio Quartararo in fourth was another of the excellently consistent performers in FP4 and three tenths off top spot.

Franco Morbidelli was best of the rest in fourth and the only other rider to post a time in the 1:54s, while Alex Rins made some late progress into the top five. Aleix Espargaro continues his fine run inside the top ten with seventh position, ahead of top rookie Jorge Martin. Pecco Bagnaia could not quite replicate last week’s performance but kept close in ninth, while Stefan Bradl held onto the top ten despite a late and fairly unsual crash for the Honda rider. Jack Miller did not have much to prove after topping practice on Friday evening but ended the session down in 18th spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.543    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.698 0.155 0.155
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.828 0.285 0.130
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.855 0.312 0.027
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.995 0.452 0.140
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.152 0.609 0.157
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.203 0.660 0.051
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.217 0.674 0.014
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.253 0.710 0.036
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.344 0.801 0.091
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.348 0.805 0.004
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.385 0.842 0.037
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.419 0.876 0.034
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.495 0.952 0.076
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.520 0.977 0.025
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.656 1.113 0.136
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.696 1.153 0.040
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.747 1.204 0.051
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.755 1.212 0.008
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.917 1.374 0.162
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.988 1.445 0.071
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.421 1.878 0.433
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2021
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/Rant over for 2021