2022 Mandalika MotoGP FP4 Result: Morbidelli Leads After Red Flag

As if the build-up to qualifying wasn’t dramatic enough, the final practice session got off to a tricky and red-hued start, with a Suzuki-branded fireball lighting up under Alex Rins and prompting a crash for Johann Zarco on the resulting oil spill at turn 10. A quick clean-up operation got underway under a red flag and then the session resumed for the remaining 23 minutes.

The highlight of FP4 was Marco Bezzecchi, the outstanding rookie claiming top spot early on, after getting a guided tour from Marc Marquez, and it looked like the Ducati man would grab the headlines until Franco Morbidelli attacked top spot on fresh rubber in the final minutes of the session. The Yamaha rider ended the session almost half a second ahead of his younger compatriot, while Zarco quickly got back up to speed after the tricky start to FP4 and claimed third.

Fabio Quartararo ended up fourth, half a second behind his teammate, with Rins recovering to fifth on his second machine. Jorge Martin joined his teammate in the top six, ahead of Ducati colleagues Enea Bastianini and an unhappy-looking Jack Miller. Miguel Oliveira and Luca Marini rounded out the top 10 positions, with Marc Marquez dropping to 11th after a bit of off-roading at turn 10 on well used rubber. Much like the Spaniard, Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir didn’t stand out much during the session but got ready to join the Repsol Hondas in the Battle of Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:31.968    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:32.420 0.452 0.452
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:32.520 0.552 0.100
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:32.522 0.554 0.002
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:32.616 0.648 0.094
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:32.663 0.695 0.047
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:32.702 0.734 0.039
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.737 0.769 0.035
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.739 0.771 0.002
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:32.760 0.792 0.021
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:32.789 0.821 0.029
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:32.812 0.844 0.023
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:32.869 0.901 0.057
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:32.915 0.947 0.046
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:32.916 0.948 0.001
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:33.000 1.032 0.084
17 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:33.098 1.130 0.098
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:33.118 1.150 0.020
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:33.263 1.295 0.145
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:33.328 1.360 0.065
21 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:33.390 1.422 0.062
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:33.519 1.551 0.129
23 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:33.778 1.810 0.259
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:34.347 2.379 0.569
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2022
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Can you BELIEVE this?!? Crazy weekend...

1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
2 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)*
3 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)
4 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*
5 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)
6 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)
7 Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU RNF Yamaha (YZR-M1)
8 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V)
10 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Factory (RS-GP)
11 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)*
12 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)*

Can you believe this 

Push and watch the front end fold without warning. I can only imagine how epic it would have been in the HRC tent post-qualifying. Dramas went from front end to rear end, to rear and front end all at once. The fact that Pol is right there next to him says all you need to know really.

So we went even one better than I hoped.. we've got three of the four fighting through the field! Thanks DiG! So it's Pol, Marc and Mir. All great friends full of respect for one another as well....