2019 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Leads Until Weather Stops Play

After rain threw a spanner (or several) in the works for the qualifying sessions preceding FP4, the premier class were thankful for some dry track time without the stress of rain flags. However, the stress of troublesome winds was still firmly there and after a scarily fast crash for Miguel Oliveira at Doohan Corner and some pitboard signs blown across the finish straight, the red flag came out and an ad hoc safety commission was convened. Agreement was eventually reached to cancel remaining track action for the day due to the dangerous conditions and the situation would be assessed on Sunday morning with a view to run Q1 and Q2.

By the time action got halted, Marc Marquez was running away at the top of the timesheets and taking Maverick Vinales with him, the two Spaniards one step ahead on race pace, based on limited running in FP4. Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins and Franco Morbidelli were the only other men to post a time within a second of the leader after the shortened session. Johann Zarco impressed in sixth, four tenths of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi and with Cal Crutchlow, Joan Mir and Oliveira rounding out the top ten. The Portuguese rider was taken to the medical centre for a check after his unlucky crash and early reports suggested no serious injury.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.185    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'31.536 0.351 0.351
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'31.947 0.762 0.411
4 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'32.114 0.929 0.167
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'32.116 0.931 0.002
6 5 Johann ZARCO Honda 1'32.326 1.141 0.210
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.759 1.574 0.433
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.814 1.629 0.055
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'32.816 1.631 0.002
10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'32.862 1.677 0.046
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.863 1.678 0.001
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.964 1.779 0.101
13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'32.970 1.785 0.006
14 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'33.096 1.911 0.126
15 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'33.295 2.110 0.199
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'33.359 2.174 0.064
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'33.576 2.391 0.217
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'34.099 2.914 0.523
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.975 3.790 0.876
20 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'35.589 4.404 0.614
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'36.142 4.957 0.553
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'37.557 6.372 1.415
Round Number: 
17
2019
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