With FP3 cancelled due to lightning, FP4 was the first session of the day and first wet action of the season.

However, improving conditions meant riders began switching to slicks with ten minutes remaining, when the best lap times were set - and Marquez broke clear of the field.

Qualifying 1, for those outside the top ten after third free practice, will now get underway.

Marquez has won on all six of MotoGP's previous visits to COTA.

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  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 05.478s [Lap 9/9] 332km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 07.378s +1.900s [10/10] 331k
  3. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 08.029s +2.551s [11/11] 320k
  4. Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1) 2m 08.440s +2.962s [12/12] 320k
  5. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 08.592s +3.114s [10/10] 323k
  6. Maverick Viñales ESP Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 08.719s +3.241s [10/10] 326k
  7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) 2m 08.822s +3.344s [9/9] 332k
  8. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 08.878s +3.400s [9/9] 322k
  9. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19) 2m 08.894s +3.416s [9/9] 329k
  10. Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 09.142s +3.664s [10/10] 320k
  11. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 09.243s +3.765s [10/10] 323k
  12. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 09.426s +3.948s [11/11] 320k
  13. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)* 2m 09.559s +4.081s [8/8] 321k
  14. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1)* 2m 09.650s +4.172s [12/12] 315k
  15. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 2m 09.756s +4.278s [10/10] 322k
  16. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 09.899s +4.421s [7/7] 319k
  17. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 2m 10.128s +4.650s [7/8] 321k
  18. Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) 2m 10.151s +4.673s [8/8] 326k
  19. Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 10.639s +5.161s [9/9] 317k
  20. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) 2m 11.022s +5.544s [11/11] 311k
  21. Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) 2m 11.066s +5.588s [7/8] 319k
  22. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 17.549s +12.071s [5/7] 324k

* Rookie.

Fastest Friday time:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 2m 3.857s

Official COTA MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 2m 2.135s(2014)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 2m 3.575s (2015)

By Peter McLaren

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