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The third practice session for the MotoGP class at Assen saw light rain emerge just as riders began to exit pit lane, the precipitation then grew progressively heavier in the early stages. Most of the field took the opportunity to scrub in a set of wet tyres, looking ahead to the possibility of needing them later in the weekend.
With around fifteen minutes remaining the rain had stopped and the track had dried sufficiently to allow some of the riders trying to creep into the top 10 and QP2 a crack at putting in a last ditch lap. Alvaro Bautista tried valiantly to nudge Dovizioso out of tenth place (using the times set in yesterday's FP2 session) but fell short as the track didn't allow quite enough feel. He finished two tenths behind Valentino Rossi who topped the tricky session.
The likes of Bautista, Redding and Crutchlow will have to battle through QP1 if they aim to partake in the top twelve shoot out later in the afternoon. The outlook for the afternoons forecast appears to be quite positive and riders will be hoping to be able to make the most of a fully dry fourth practice session to hone their race setups, before unleashing in the qualifying sessions to follow.
Jack Miller has topped his second session of the weekend so far holding the fastest lap at the conclusion of Moto3 FP3 at Assen. The Championship leader set a benchmark time of 1:42.481 which was a tenth quicker than he could manage yesterday, but still a tenth shy of Bastianini's best Thursday lap. It was Bastianini's team mate Niccolo Antonelli who took second place behind Miller, the Italian finished ahead of Niklas Ajo, Efren Vazquez and Danny Kent who completed the top five.
Winner of the previous round in Barcelona Alex Marquez set the sixth quickest lap during the familiarly cool and cloudy Friday morning session and was followed by compatriot Juanfran Guevara, Karel Hanika and Mahindra's Brad Binder while Isaac Vinales rounded out the top ten positions.
Tito Rabat has ended at the top of the time sheets following another extremely tight Moto2 practice session at Assen. The Championship leader ended FP2 a mere eight hundredths of a second ahead of impressive rookie Sam Lowes and Suisse rider Dominique Aegerter. The top three were consistently a class above throughout and ended up separated by just over a tenth.
After leading the morning session Jonas Folger had to settle for fourth ahead of Jordi Torres and Johann Zarco. Sandro Cortese posted the seventh quickest lap ahead of Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio, a rejuvenated Ricard Cardus and Pons Kalex rider Luis Salom.
Aleix Espargaro has posted the fastest ever lap time by a motorcycle rider at the Assen circuit and topped MotoGP FP2 under glorious sunny conditions. The Forward Racing rider extracted every inch of performance from his super-soft tyre to set a time of 1:33.653, which was just under a tenth quicker than Casey Stoner's long standing circuit record and put him two tenths clear of Marc Marquez in second place.
Fellow Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was a further two tenths behind in third followed by Jorge Lorenzo and another beneficiary of super-soft rubber Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi set identical lap times ahead of morning pace setter Pol Espargaro who made it five Yamaha's in the top eight while Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten.
The make-up of the top ten could prove crucial if tomorrow's forecast rain appears as the quickest times from this session could end up being used to determine the automatic Q2 participants.
Ever-improving Italian rookie Enea Bastianini has topped the second Moto2 practice session at Assen in breathtaking fashion. The KTM rider continued his impressive recent form to post a scintillating lap time of 1:42.366, which was two tenths quicker than Championship leader Jack Miller and comfortably under the circuit race lap record.
Isaac Vinales set the third quickest time while Efren Vazquez and Romano Fenati were fourth and fifth respectively. Husqvarna rider Niklas Ajo ended the session in sixth place followed by last race's winner Alex Marquez and local wildcard rider Jasper Iwema. John McPhee and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten positions.
Jonas Folger managed to capitalise on the emerging sunshine and warming track conditions to head Moto2 FP1 at Assen. The German youngster set a blistering run of lap times that saw him register a benchmark of 1:38.459, putting him a tenth clear of fellow Kalex rider Mika Kallio. Reigning World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes posted the third fastest time, making the most of his familiarity with the TT circuit. Dominique Aegerter and Championship leader Tito Rabat completed the top five.
Maverick Vinales ended the session with the sixth quickest lap time to his name while Jordi Torres, Simone Corsi, Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten. The ultra-competitive nature of the Moto2 class was emphasised by the top eighteen riders lap times being split by only nine tenths of a second.
Pol Espargaro has topped the opening MotoGP free practice session during a cool and cloudy morning at the Dutch TT in Assen. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider finished the session with a time of 1:34.530 which was a tenth ahead of his older brother Aleix and impressively inside the existing circuit race lap record. Jorge Lorenzo set the third fastest time ahead of a ragged Marc Marquez and Englishman Bradley Smith.
Valentino Rossi made it five Yamaha's in the top six finishing ahead of his countryman Andrea Dovizioso and race lap record holder Dani Pedrosa. Alvaro Bautista posted the ninth fastest lap ahead of fellow satellite Honda rider Stefan Bradl. The session was not interrupted by rain, but reports of heavy showers in surrounding areas means that the Assen weather (as usual) will be something to watch out for over the course of the weekend.
Final times from the MotoGP test at Barcelona:
Marc Marquez continues at the top of the test timesheets with just a couple of hours left in the MotoGP test. The Spaniard is a third of a second faster than Jorge Lorenzo, who together with Valentino Rossi is testing a new exhaust system. Pol Espargaro is in 3rd, despite not having much to test, and is ahead of Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. Valentino Rossi finally started testing shortly after noon, but so far has only managed the 10th fastest time. Suzuki's Randy De Puniet has been busy, but remains 3.3 seconds off the pace of Marquez.
Times at 4pm:
Testing is underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, the MotoGP riders not given a chance to recover from yesterday's thrilling race. Aleix Espargaro set the early pace, before Marc Marquez took over at the top just before noon. All eyes are on Suzuki, as the riders assess whether the bike can be competitive and a viable alternative for their current rides. Currently, Randy De Puniet is 3.7 seconds off the pace on the XRH-1.
The day started with a test of a revised layout, using the tight F1 double corner at La Caixa instead of the grand sweep of Turn 10. The test was done at the request of some of the riders in the safety commission, over concerns at a lack of run off at the end of the back straight. Turn 10 is the corner were the most crashes happen, but it is a signature corner for the Barcelona track, and it would be a tragedy to lose it.
Times at 12 noon: