2021 Sachsenring MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Dethrones Quartararo

Under 32 degrees of air temperature, the asphalt gave a searing welcome to the premier class for their final practice session and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. However, Fabio Quartararo had to share the limelight with compatriot Johann Zarco, with the Yamaha man leading for most of the session but eventually getting demoted from top spot by the Pramac rider, who was tempted by fresh rubber in the final few minutes. Quartararo did do the most laps – not that he needed it, with the scary pace he already showed all weekend.

The rest of the top five featured some of the most consistent riders over practice, including Miguel Oliveira in third, who continued to just about match Quartararo on pace. Jack Miller’s session was impacted by some early technical issues but he rejoined the track for the final 10 minutes and climbed up to fourth, ahead of Marc Marquez, whose pace looked good but maybe a couple tenths off Quartararo’s. Aleix Espargaro added a fifth manufacturer to the top five of the session, while Alex Marquez kept seventh position despite a late tumble at turn 1.

Pol Espargaro managed to avoid another unwanted off track excursion and ended the session eighth, while Joan Mir was the lead Suzuki in ninth place. Franco Morbidelli closed the top 10, ahead of Brad Binder. Maverick Viñales made a slow start as he stomped into the garage looking pretty unhappy early on and finished 12th, six tenths off top spot. Compatriot Alex Rins looked like he struggled a bit more, down in 15th and one full second slower than Zarco’s top time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'21.397    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'21.480 0.083 0.083
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'21.554 0.157 0.074
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'21.558 0.161 0.004
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.661 0.264 0.103
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'21.686 0.289 0.025
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'21.767 0.370 0.081
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'21.912 0.515 0.145
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'21.924 0.527 0.012
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'22.047 0.650 0.123
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'22.070 0.673 0.023
12 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'22.073 0.676 0.003
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'22.185 0.788 0.112
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'22.352 0.955 0.167
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'22.401 1.004 0.049
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'22.407 1.010 0.006
17 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'22.436 1.039 0.029
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'22.455 1.058 0.019
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'22.506 1.109 0.051
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'22.523 1.126 0.017
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'22.617 1.220 0.094
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'22.736 1.339 0.119
Round Number: 
8
2021
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