2022 Qatar MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Leads Tight Field

Evening fell at Lusail just in time for the premier class race pace experiment and it seemed to confirm just how small the gaps are in the field, at least in Qatar. Johann Zarco only took the lead in the last minute of the session, after finding two tenths’ advantage on Takaaki Nakagami, but the rest of the top 10 was separated by mere hundredths of a second, with the top 19 riders covered by one second. Aleix Espargaro brought Aprilia to the fore in the closing stages as well, while Fabio Quartararo showed consistent pace on his way to fourth. After leading the way early on, Pol Espargaro settled for fifth, ahead of the resurgent KTMs of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.

Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez kept each other entertained in the middle of the session and finished practice separated by only one thousandth of a second, with FP3 leader Enea Bastianini joining the top 10. Joan Mir dropped to 11th, although only half a second off top spot and narrowly ahead of compatriots Jorge Martin and Maverick Viñales. While 14th on the timesheets, Jack Miller posted the largest number of laps in the session, with fairly consistent pace in the mid 1:55s.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.420    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.716 0.296 0.296
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.808 0.388 0.092
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.809 0.389 0.001
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'54.810 0.390 0.001
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.818 0.398 0.008
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.828 0.408 0.010
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.830 0.410 0.002
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'54.831 0.411 0.001
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'54.864 0.444 0.033
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.969 0.549 0.105
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.005 0.585 0.036
13 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'55.015 0.595 0.010
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.118 0.698 0.103
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.228 0.808 0.110
16 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'55.276 0.856 0.048
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.341 0.921 0.065
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.415 0.995 0.074
19 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.475 1.055 0.060
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'55.589 1.169 0.114
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'55.702 1.282 0.113
22 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'55.793 1.373 0.091
23 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'56.468 2.048 0.675
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'56.717 2.297 0.249
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2022
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Jack reeled off 14 straight laps on used rubber (S/S - 9/4) in the 55's.