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Marquez tops red flagged FP4

Marquez tops red flagged FP4

Marc Marquez led Free Practice 4 from Iannone and Rossi, the session disrupted due to an incident with the rear of Redding’s bike.

MotoGP™ Free Practice 4 got off to a calm start, riders heading out to get a feel for the track ahead of Qualifying. Several riders practiced bike swaps as the threat of rain looms over race day. With 19 and a half minutes remaining, Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) encountered an issue with the rear of his bike at Turn 6. The Brit was able to ride his bike off the track, but debris brought out the red flag. After a brief pause the session resumed.

After discussions with his team, Redding was back out on track with over ten minutes of the session remaining. The Brit would soon go faster than before, his issues clearly not denting his confidence.

The session was then brought to stop again as with four minutes remaining, the red flag was deployed again on safety grounds. Race Direction chose to investigate the Redding incident fully. At 14:25 Local Time the session was resumed for the final four minutes. Riders headed out to make the most of the time remaining.

Disaster struck for Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at Turn 1 as he slid off, his bike tumbling through the gravel and sustaining serious damage. Whether his team will be able to repair it for Q2 is still an unknown, but the World Champion was uninjured in the fall fortunately.

Fastest of them was Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who improved to a 1’39.882 on his penultimate lap. This saw him over 0.8s ahead of the rest of the field, his Honda working not only in the slippery conditions of Friday but also on the improved Saturday surface.

Second was Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), the Italian choosing to remain in the pits for the final four minutes. 0.024s behind was his compatriot Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), three different bikes making up the top three.

Despite his fall, Lorenzo was fourth, ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). Riders now prepare themselves for Qualifying, the Q1 session will see riders battle to transfer into the Q2 session for a chance to land on pole position.

Full FP4 results are available here.

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, FP4, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Ducati Team

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