Assen, The Netherlands
Summary and results of Moto2 race:
Summary and results of Moto3 race:
After testing his shoulder in morning warm up, Jorge Lorenzo has been passed fit to race in a medical examination. Yamaha issued the following press release after warm up, containing statements from Lorenzo on his condition:
The Real Man of Steel Returns
Assen (The Netherlands), 29th June 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo delivered a superhuman effort this morning, taking part in the MotoGP Warm Up after a medical check cleared him to ride. Despite being in obvious pain following surgery to his left collarbone just over 24hrs ago the reigning World Champion was able to gradually build up a competitive pace and even threatened to take the top spot in the last seconds but was denied by traffic.
Lorenzo wasn’t the only one to impress in the Warm Up, teammate Valentino Rossi was also on blistering form, wrapping up the session as the fastest rider, the Italian clearly continuing to enjoy his new found confidence in the YZR-M1 under braking.
Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in the morning warm up at Assen, but the big story is Jorge Lorenzo. The factory Yamaha rider was cleared to participate in warm up by medical officials after a check up this morning, and set the 8th fastest time, seven tenths slower than Rossi, in blustery conditions. Lorenzo faces another checkup at 11am before being passed fit for the race.
What an intriguing weekend the 83rd running of the Dutch TT at Assen has turned out to be. (Well, I say weekend, it's still Friday, but in any racing paddock, the weekend starts once bikes roll out for the first practice, and ends when the final press conference of the day is completed.) The story lines are plentiful, made possible by mixed conditions, low grip and a barrel load of ambition.
First, there's the MotoGP polesitter. Cal Crutchlow took his first ever pole in the class on Friday, with a perfectly-timed lap to blast ahead of Marc Marquez and earn himself a Tissot watch. He left it to the very last lap, but cut it very fine indeed. He crossed the finish line with just 3 seconds left on the session clock, giving him a final attempt at pole. He had worked out he would make it across the line for one last shot by looking at the sector times displayed on the digital dashboard, but when he exited the GT chicane and saw the starter already out with the checkered flag, he had gotten a little nervous.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Saturday's race at Assen:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Assen:
Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying:
Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:
The final MotoGP practice session for the Dutch TT at Assen was greeted by heavy clouds and cool track temperatures, but thankfully the rain stayed away. This gave the premier class chargers a chance to to work on and refine their race packages. After his big crash in the morning's earlier session a battered and bruised Marc Marquez, riding with a broken finger and toe, lead the time sheets. He finished three hundredths of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi in second while fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow was a further tenth behind.
The Honda trio of Stefan Bradl, Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista ended up in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively as Randy DePuniet put in a stellar performance aboard his Aprilia to finish in seventh and top CRT rider. The Frenchman will be in with a good shout to go through in QP1 later today.
Jorge Lorenzo is to return to Assen. The Yamaha press office issued yet another press release today, announcing that the reigning world champion will fly from Barcelona to Groningen airport, just a few kilometers from Assen, at 3pm, and then return to the Assen circuit.
The press release states solely that he wishes to 'spend the remainder of the Grand Prix weekend with his team,' there is no doubt in anybody's mind that he intends to try to race on Saturday. Before he can do that, he will have to undergo a medical examination to see if his collarbone is strong enough. We will know tomorrow morning.
Lorenzo Returns to Assen Following Successful Surgery
Assen (The Netherlands), 28th June 2013
After completing successful surgery last night Jorge Lorenzo was assessed by the medical team in Barcelona this morning and declared fit to fly. As a result the World Champion has made the decision to return immediately to Assen to spend the remainder of the Grand Prix weekend with his team.
Lorenzo will leave from Barcelona at 3pm and arrive directly at Groningen airport.
Further updates will be issued in due course.
Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:
Pol Espargaro has set the pace in a breezy half wet-half dry Moto2 FP3. The ever improving conditions saw the Spaniard lap within a second of his quickest dry Thursday time. Espargaro's team mate Tito Rabat finished in second place ahead of Marc VDS riders Mika Kallio and Scott Redding. Frenchman Johann Zarco ended up in fifth position in front of Thomas Luthi, Anthony West, Xavier Simeon, Mattia Pasini and Alex DeAngelis completed the top ten.
The session was red flagged with fourteen minutes remaining after a monumental high side for Rafid Topan Sucipto. The Indonesian rider received extensive medical attention track side. After a lengthy delay he was thankfully declared 'OK', breathing, moving his arms and legs and conscious, the QMMF Speed Up rider was taken away in an ambulance for further treatment. Additional delays were then encountered as the site of Sucipto's crash had to be cleared of any debris and oil.