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LIVE UPDATES: MotoGP Jerez - Saturday Free Practice 4

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2022 - 13:05

With lap times slow to begin with, Aprilia soon changed that as Argentina MotoGP winner Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales set the first 1m 37s laps of the session.

Moments later and Alex Marquez, who enjoyed a much needed return to form in Portimao, had to pull off-track due to an apparent technical issue. 

In need of serious improvements following his disastrous day-one - suffered two crashes on the same lap before finishing P19 - Marc Marquez was one of the first to go faster than what he managed in FP2. 

The eight-time world champion moved up to 15th, while A. Espargaro went even quicker. 

The Aprilia rider remained inside the top five, however, a time of 1:37.386s was his overall best lap at that stage. Making it an Espargaro 1-2, Pol put his RC213V second - +0.244s off his older brother. 

After going fastest ahead of Espargaro, Mir then slotted in between both Repsol Honda riders as he and Pol began to gap Marquez, once again showing that the latter is struggling for pace around Jerez. 

While this was happening, Quartararo was in the middle of setting an outrageously quick race simulation. Mid to high 1m 37s were being set, while Jack Miller was consistently a second slower for comparison.

Continuing his impressive run of late, rookie Marco Bezzecchi once again positioned himself inside the top ten as soft tyre runs began. 

Still on a race run, Quartararo looked set to challenge Mir’s top time after going fastest of anyone in the first sector, however, the lap went away from the reigning world champion who instead returned to pit lane. 

Mir then went second quickest on combined times, before Francesco Bagnaia set a stunning time of 1:36.782s to go quickest overall. 

After bickering on-track during FP2, Pol Espargaro once again had Marquez shadowing him as they began their time attacks. 

With Marquez now in clean air but struggling, Takaaki Nakagami showed the pace of the bike as he went second. Quartararo then moved back ahead of the Japanese rider - +0.067s off Bagnaia. 

Marquez then chose to abort his current run with just under ten minutes left, as he remained off the pace in 15th. 

As he re-joined the action, Marquez found Miller in front as he attempted to use the Australian as a tow. And he did! 

Miller went seventh, however, Marquez bettered the Ducati rider by nearly two tenths in order to go fourth. 

With Marquez finally finding pace, the same couldn’t be said about Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez as both riders crashed (turn six and 13).

P. Espargaro then joined Bradl and Marquez in crashing, also turn 13, making it three falls inside five minutes for the Japanese manufacturer.

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13:02

Bagnaia takes top spot for the second consecutive session from Quartararo. 

13:01

Looks like Bagnaia is going to kepp hold of top spot...

12:56

Some big names are struggling for pace - Marquez, Jack Miller, Alex Rins are just a few.

12:52

Make that Bagnaia fastest for Ducati!

12:52

Some fast laps are coming in now... Quartararo goes top. 

12:42

Seeing the replay again, what a save from the Suzuki rider as he lost both the rear and front at different stages. 

12:42

Mir has taken a trip through the gravel at the final corner. 

12:40

Not a good start to FP4 at Repsol Honda as Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez are 18th and 19th at present. 

12:39

Miguel Oliveira is now quickest for KTM. Could the Austrian manufacturer be a force come the race?

12:37

And it's now Quartararo on top as Bastianini's lap has been deleted. 

12:36

Good lap by Bastianini as he sets a 1:37.951s - three tenths clear of Bagnaia. 

12:35

It's currently a Ducati 1-2-3 as Bagnaia leads on a 1:38.252s.

12:31

And we're underway for FP4 at Jerez!

12:29

In terms of race pace in FP3, Quartararo seemed to have the advantage but FP4 will go a long way to confirming who looks good for Sunday's race.

12:29

Moto3 Qualifying 2 - CLICK HERE for the full results

12:26

Francesco Bagnaia was quickest in FP3 ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Takaaki Nakagami. 

12:21

Good afternoon and welcome back to MotoGP action from Jerez. Coming up next is FP4 in ten minutes.