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21 days ago
By motogp.com

Termas’ race pace protagonists

Marquez, Crutchlow, Rossi and Miller strung solid race simulation laps together in FP4 – but who is looking strongest?

MotoGP™ FP4 is all about dialling in your settings for the all-important race on Sunday and at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina four riders emerged with eye-catching runs ahead of qualifying: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing).

Marquez' chain was a pain in FP4!

Pole sitter Marquez has looked the strongest in terms of one-lap pace and race pace all weekend, and FP4 indicated he has a slight edge over his rivals. The Spaniard did four laps in the 1:39s on a hard-front and soft-rear tyre combination with his best being a 1:39.341, as Marquez followed that time with a 1:39.388 and 1:39.618 towards the end of the session. On the medium rear tyre, Marquez also dipped into the 1:39s.

Crutchlow’s pace isn’t far off Marquez’ though, but will the British rider come to rue his P8 in qualifying? On the hard-medium tyre combination, Crutchlow was able to string together four consecutive laps in the 1:39.8s and 1:39.9s. His fastest lap came on his final run on the same tyre combination, a 1:39.529 on his 11th lap was followed by a 1:39.843 on his 12th.

Rossi will start 4th and he also was able to delve into the 1:39s, but only on the one occasion. The nine-time World Champion looks to be favouring the hard-front medium-rear Michelin tyre combination and on his first run, Rossi did five consecutive low to mid 1:40s. Run two however showed ‘The Doctor’ is on the fringes of being able to produce consistent 1:39s. Rossi did four laps all in the 1:40.0 bracket, with his 1:39.916 coming on his 11th flying lap of FP4.

FREE: The final 3 minutes of MotoGP™ qualifying in Argentina

And finally we have Miller, who did just the one long run in FP4. The Australian didn’t manage to set a 1:39, but his pace was consistently in the lower regions of the 1:40s on the hard-front soft-rear tyres. A 1:40.335 on his 18th lap of a soft rear tyre is impressive from the man who starts from P5 on the grid, with his best time coming on his 6th lap in the form of a 1:40.083.

But it won’t just be these for riders in contention on Sunday, so be sure not to miss Round 2 of the 2019 season from Argentina at 15:00 local time (GMT-3). 

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