2021 Assen MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Challenges Viñales

With rain keeping away from the Assen circuit despite the pessimistic forecast, the premier class got to enjoy good conditions in their chase for race pace in FP4 and it looked like a Yamaha vs Suzuki party throughout. Fabio Quartararo put the darker shade of blue at the top of the timesheets early on and did not budge, responding to any challenge by going quicker and quicker. The Frenchman was one step ahead on both the medium and hard rear tyre, but all tyre options got significant airtime from the field. There was quite a bit of soft rubber on display as well, including Maverick Viñales starting the session on used softs, but it was the mediums that brought him up to second, two tenths behind his teammate. The Spaniard was very consistent but could not quite match his teammate’s outstanding pace in the 1:32s.

Miguel Oliveira crashed the blue party to climb into third in the final handful of minutes and was closely followed by Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia, demoting the first Suzuki of Joan Mir to fifth. Takaaki Nakagami was the lead Honda in sixth, pushing Alex Rins down to seventh, although the Spaniard had pretty impressive pace. Marc Marquez seemed to favour the soft rear and used it to show possible podium pace despite ending the session eighth, ahead of teammate Pol Espargaro. Johann Zarco rounded out the top 10, seven tenths off the lead and not particularly impressive in terms of rhythm. Amongst the rest of the Ducatis, Jack Miller seemed to struggle the most, spending the entire session outside of the top 15 and nowhere near the pace of the main contenders.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.513    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.717 0.204 0.204
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.945 0.432 0.228
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.949 0.436 0.004
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.041 0.528 0.092
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.103 0.590 0.062
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.134 0.621 0.031
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.164 0.651 0.030
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.255 0.742 0.091
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.265 0.752 0.010
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.278 0.765 0.013
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.280 0.767 0.002
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.677 1.164 0.397
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.678 1.165 0.001
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.682 1.169 0.004
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.812 1.299 0.130
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.856 1.343 0.044
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'34.161 1.648 0.305
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.265 1.752 0.104
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.421 1.908 0.156
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.447 1.934 0.026
22 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'34.499 1.986 0.052
Round Number: 
9
2021
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Comments

Looks like both Mav and Pol have had their questions answered - just copy the guy in front.

I concur with WaveyD1974 - according to reports I've read, Viñales did not copy Quartararo's settings.

Frankly, the setting that matters most to Viñales is the setting between his ears. When he gets that setting right, he will leave most of his competition wondering what happened.