Valencia MotoGP: Marquez fastest, Rossi fourth in FP4

Honda’s Marc Marquez set the fastest time in the final free practice session for the Valencia Grand Prix, as MotoGP title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were second and fourth respectively.

In the final session ahead of qualifying, Lorenzo ran his Yamaha with wings on the front fairing, setting the early pace on 1m31.500s.

Teammate Rossi, not running the wings, ran wide into the Turn 1 run-off after setting the fifth-quickest time, just under four-tenths off Lorenzo’s fastest lap.

The times tumbled towards the end of the session, Marquez setting the quickest time, 1m31.203s, ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa on 1m33.388s, Rossi on 1m31.436s and Lorenzo on 1m31.482s.

The usual tyre setup for this race for the frontrunners is soft front, medium rear – but Honda has been struggling to make the soft front last over a race distance.

Lorenzo improved to second-fastest, setting a 1m31.347s with a couple of minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, Rossi had another moment at Turn 11. He was very animated after the session with his engineers, although his team manager reported none of the issues that Honda was suffering with the front tyres.

Andrea Dovizioso was an early faller on his Ducati, while Scott Redding suffered a big crash at Turn 1 near the end of the session, but was unhurt.

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report