The MotoGP World Championship has reached the cathedral of motorcycle racing for the Assen TT this weekend, the eighth round of the season. Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) set the best time of the day with a 1:32.063, putting him directly into Q2.
The Top 10 on the combined timesheets was completed by Jorge Martín (Ducati), Jack Miller (KTM), Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Brad Binder (KTM), Luca Marini (Ducati) and Álex Márquez (Ducati).
Tomorrow the riders will have a free practice session at 10:10am (CEST) before qualifying at 10:50am. Later, at 3pm, they will participate in the Sprint Race.
Adaptation for Repsol Honda Team
Marc Márquez got back on his Honda this Friday after withdrawing from the German GP race. The Repsol Honda team rider faced the day with the aim of testing out the bike and obtaining information to continue improving it for the future. After a crash in the closing moments of P2, he finished the session in 19th position with a time of 1:33.485.
Iker Lecuona returned to the team, participating with Repsol Honda colors for the second time this season -this time replacing Joan Mir. Using the practice sessions for adaptation to the Honda RC213V, he finished in 22nd position, setting a time of 1:33.720.
Combined practice times: Dutch GP
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||1:32.063|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+0.130|
|3. Jack Miller||KTM||+0.155|
|4. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+0.200|
|5. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.245|
|6. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+0.278|
|7. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+0.345|
|8. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.386|
|9. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+0.406|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+0.518|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+1.422|
|22. Iker Lecuona||REPSOL HONDA||+1.657|
“Today I had a limitation on the physical side with the rib that I crack in Germany, especially in the last sector and the change of direction. This did not help us today with our performance. I spent most of today riding in an easy way and then pushed right at the end to try and improve our position and see if Q2 was possible, but I crashed. Tomorrow I will try to push in Q1 and see if we can make something happen.”
“I am very happy with how today went, I was able to finish within one second of the first Honda and not too far from the fastest rider overall. We’ve been able to carry on what we did in Jerez and made another step already here on the first day. Of course, I would like to be even faster, but it’s important to stay calm and work well with the team – they know the bike much better than me and I am listening to them a lot. Now it’s time to check the data and make a plan for tomorrow together.”