Indonesian MotoGP, Mandalika - Free Practice (4) Results

Free Practice (4) results from the Indonesian MotoGP at Mandalika, round 2 of the 2022 world championship.
Franco Morbidelli, Indonesian MotoGP, 19 March 2022
Franco Morbidelli, Indonesian MotoGP, 19 March 2022
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Indonesian MotoGP, Mandalika - Free Practice (4) Results
1Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.968s15/16304k
2Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.452s9/14313k
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.552s14/14313k
4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.554s9/19305k
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.648s8/15308k
6Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.695s15/16309k
7Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+0.734s15/15314k
8Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.769s10/16310k
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.771s11/19309k
10Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.792s14/16309k
11Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.821s8/16309k
12Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.844s17/17310k
13Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.901s14/15310k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.947s12/17311k
15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.948s9/19312k
16Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.032s14/18309k
17Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.130s13/13309k
18Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.150s15/16309k
19Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.295s8/16309k
20Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.360s15/18306k
21Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.422s11/17306k
22Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.551s12/15308k
23Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.810s8/13309k
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+2.379s7/14307k

* Rookie



Fastest Friday time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 31.608s (FP2)

Fastest Mandalika pre-season testing time:
Pol Espargaro SPA Honda 1m 31.060s

Franco Morbidelli leads a delayed final practice for the 2022 Indonesian MotoGP at a dry Mandalika ahead of flying rookie Marco Bezzecchi.
The session was red-flagged after five minutes when Alex Rins was forced to ditch his Suzuki as it burst into flames. Replays showed that the engine problem began at Turn 10 but Rins only spotted the issue on the exit of Turn 12, finally jumping off as he arrived at Turn 13.  The Spaniard was unharmed but Johann Zarco fell on the oil.
The action restarted after a short delay to clean the track, when VR46 Ducati rookie Bezzecchi built on his impressive form in the damp morning session by leading the field for much of FP4, using a medium front and soft rear tyre combination.
Fellow VR46 Academy rider Morbidelli only moved ahead in the final minute, also on the soft rear. Zarco record for third on his Pramac Ducati.
Soft or medium tyres were the preferred choice for the rear in the 'race simulation session'. Jorge Martin was the quickest rider on the medium rear, with only Luca Marini trying the hard rear before switching to a soft.
Medium and, surprisingly, hard rubber was in use for the front.

Qualifying 1 - for those outside the top ten after third free practice, including big names such as Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir and Francesco Bagnaia - will now get underway.

MotoGP's only prior track time at Mandalika came during a dusty three-day test in February, after which emergency resurfacing was required on around 25% of the circuit, from Turn 17 (the final corner) until after Turn 5.

In response to tyre overheating issues at the test, Michelin has brought a different, heat-resistant, casing that was last used at Buriram 2018. 

This weekend's event marks the first Indonesian motorcycle grand prix since Sentul in 1997.

Saturday schedule - Mandalika

Moto3 Free Practice 3: 08:50-9:30 (00:50-01:30 UK)
Moto2 Free Practice 3: 09:50-10:30 (01:50 -02:30 UK)
MotoGP Free Practice 3: 10:50-11:35 (02.50-03.35 UK)

Moto3 Qualifying 1: 12:25-12:40 (04:25-04.40 UK)
Moto3 Qualifying 2: 12:50-13:05 (04:50-05.05 UK)
Moto2 Qualifying 1: 13:25-12:40 (05:25-04.40 UK)
Moto2 Qualifying 2: 13:50-13:05 (05:50-05.05 UK)
MotoGP Free Practice 4: 14:25-14:55 (06:25-06.55 UK)
MotoGP Qualifying 1: 15:25-15:40 (07:25-07.40 UK)
MotoGP Qualifying 2: 15:50-16:05 (07:50-08.05 UK)

By Peter McLaren

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