2021 Mugello MotoGP FP4 Result: Brownie Points For Quartararo

While the start of the final practice session was delayed after a red flag in Moto3, dark clouds stretched over the Tuscan hillside, biding their time before causing trouble. FP4 was not affected, beyond a small drop in temperature, but Fabio Quartararo kept himself entertained with a spontaneous sightseeing of the gravel at turn 4 that didn’t stop him from claiming top spot on the very next lap. After the early mishap, the Frenchman answered every challenger and kept top spot to the checkered flag, while displaying fine race pace.

FP3 top dog Pecco Bagnaia was a tenth of a second slower than his main title rival and a touch behind him on pace too – although on more worn off tyres – while Takaaki Nakagami found some speed to join the top three. Alex Rins showed respectable pace on his way to fourth, only two thousandths of a second ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli continues to overcome his top speed deficit and climb into sixth place, but four tenths slower than the top five. Jack Miller and Joan Mir kept close, while Aleix Espargaro and Brad Binder rounded out the top ten positions.

In a deva vu from this morning, Maverick Viñales missed out by two thousandths of a second, ending the session just ahead of the Honda-powered duo of Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro. The remaining Honda finished 17th, Marc Marquez continuing to struggle and doing some off-roading at San Donato early on. Much like previous Mugello GP winners Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, the Spaniard ended the session over a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.647    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'46.759 0.112 0.112
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.807 0.160 0.048
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'46.822 0.175 0.015
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.824 0.177 0.002
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.225 0.578 0.401
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.233 0.586 0.008
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.244 0.597 0.011
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.259 0.612 0.015
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'47.438 0.791 0.179
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.440 0.793 0.002
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.525 0.878 0.085
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'47.683 1.036 0.158
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'47.695 1.048 0.012
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.699 1.052 0.004
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'47.713 1.066 0.014
17 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.796 1.149 0.083
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'47.818 1.171 0.022
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.849 1.202 0.031
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'47.922 1.275 0.073
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'47.939 1.292 0.017
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.751 2.104 0.812
Round Number: 
6
2021
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