Assen, The Netherlands

2012 Assen MotoGP Qualifying Practice: Blistering Last Lap Nabs Pole In Rain-Hit Session

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Assen:

2012 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Secured With Comfortable Margin

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Assen:

2012 Assen Moto2 FP3 Result: Espargaro's Domination Continues


2012 Assen MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Tops Rain-Affected Session

Dani Pedrosa topped a rain-hit practice session on Friday morning, leading the session once the brief rain shower which hit in the early part of practice had passed. The shower passed quickly, leaving the track fairly dry, with just a few wet patches, one of which caught Casey Stoner out, the Repsol Honda man suffering a huge highside on a damp patch at De Bult. Stoner was slow to get up, but eventually rejoined the session, ending in 6th.

Jorge Lorenzo finished in 2nd, just behind Pedrosa, and ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista. Despite his still painful ankle, Cal Crutchlow put his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha into 4th, ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso and the banged up Stoner. Stefan Bradl posted the 7th fastest time on the LCR Honda, ahead of the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, while Ben Spies rounded out the top 10.

The final standings in the session did not carry that much significance, however. The mixed conditions meant that placings were determined to some extent by timing and the willingness to push. After seeing Casey Stoner crash so badly, there may have been some riders building in a small safety margin.


2012 Assen Moto3 FP3 Result: Kent Edges Vinales


2012 Assen MotoGP Thursday Round Up: It's Not As Close As It Looks

The times were close after the first day of practice, closer than they have been for a very long time. Just 0.471 seconds separates the top 11 MotoGP prototypes (Karel Abraham is barely fit enough to ride, after breaking fingers in his left hand, and is way off the pace), with Ben Spies leading Cal Crutchlow by just 0.006, just a tenth separating Nicky Hayden in 3rd from Dani Pedrosa in 6th, and less than a tenth between Andrea Dovizioso in 7th and Stefan Bradl in 11th. It has all the makings of a great race, right?

Not according to Cal Crutchlow. "Lorenzo will run away with it," the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man opined. Everyone except for Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa had set their fastest time on the soft tire, Crutchlow explained. Lorenzo's best time, a 1'35.057, was set in the middle of a run with a used hard tire, his race rhythm in the 1'35.0 while everyone else was running 1'35.3. Lorenzo was looking very smooth on the bike, team manager Wilco Zeelenberg saying he was pretty pleased with the bike and the way the first day had gone.

2012 Assen MotoGP Thursday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Assen:


2012 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Thursday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Assen:


2012 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Spies Leads Tightly-Packed Field

Ben Spies topped the timesheets in a thrilling afternoon session of free practice for the MotoGP class. After Jorge Lorenzo led the session early, the lead started swapping frantically in the last third of FP2, with Dani Pedrosa, Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden taking turns at the top. In the final moments, Ben Spies retook the lead, Cal Crutchlow's attempt falling just a few thousandths of a second short.

Behind the two Yamahas, Nicky Hayden put the factory Ducati into 3rd spot, ahead of the San Carlo Gresini Honda of Alvaro Bautista. Lorenzo ended the day in 5th, a couple of tenths quicker than the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa. Andrea Dovizioso took 7th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi and Hector Barbera, while Casey Stoner, who spent most of the session in the pits, rounds out the top ten, just over four tenths behind Spies.


2012 Assen Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Sets The Pace


2012 Assen Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Dominates First Practice

Pol Espargaro has got his weekend at Assen off to a flying start, the HP Tuenti Pons team rider dominating the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class. Espargaro had a gap over over half a second for most of the session, with only Andrea Iannone getting anywhere near towards the end. Tito Rabat took 3rd spot, over eight tenths off the time of his teammate, while Thom Luthi ended the session in 4th, ahead of Claudio Corti and Marc Marquez. Scott Redding took 7th place, ahead of a brace of FTRs, Alex de Angelis' Forward Racing team having abandoned the Suter for the FTR from Assen onwards, the man from San Marino finishing ahead of Simone Corsi.


2012 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top In Final Minutes

Jorge Lorenzo ended the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Assen on top of the timesheets, squeaking ahead of Casey Stoner as the session ended. Stoner had dominated for much of the session, but the Yamahas closed the gap as FP1 drew to a close. In the end, Lorenzo took a slim lead over the Australian. Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa also slipped through ahead of Stoner to take 2nd, leaving the Australian in 3rd. 

Ben Spies posted a respectable 4th fastest time, at the track where he secured his first and so far only victory in MotoGP. Nicky Hayden put the factory Ducati in 5th, three quarters of a second behind Lorenzo, and just ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the San Carlo Gresini Honda. Hector Barbera took 7th on the Pramac Ducati, following Andrea Dovizioso around to end ahead of the Italian, forcing Dovizioso down into 8th, just ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Cal Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi rounds out the top 10, just under a second slower than Lorenzo.


2012 Assen Moto3 FP1 Result: Cortese Leads Kent And Moncayo


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