With a glimpse every now and again at the dark clouds above, the intermediate class was in a hurry to get their homework done for the morning. The rain never came so Franco Morbidelli decided to be the main talking point instead.
Following the rain dance of MotoGP, the intermediate class was left with a drying line on a damp track. After a few exploratory laps on wet tyres, most riders chose to sit it out until the sunshine did its job in preparing the track for a proper race run.
The only real action started in the final twenty minutes, Tom Luthi one of the first riders to lead on slick tires. Pecco Bagnaia followed his lead (quite literally, chasing the Swiss rider on track), the two exchanging top position several times as riders were pouring out of the pits to make the most of a rapidly improving track.
A few drops of rain scared us in the beginning of the session but nowhere near enough to leave an impression on the track, a bit of sun almost showing up soon after. Unimpressed by the conditions, Miguel Oliveira would have missed some proper time in the limelight lately, the Portuguese rider making up for that by leading the field throughout the session.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams previewing the German Grand Prix:
Lorenzo Baldassarri undergoes surgery, Federico Fuligni set as replacement for the German GP
Following the accident during the qualifying for the Dutch GP in Assen, Lorenzo Baldassarri suffered a cerebral concussion and broke his right ankle. After he got treated extensively in the “Universitair Medisch Centrum” Hospital in Groningen, the Italian went back home on Sunday evening.
On the eve of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP's rule making body has allowed a system which was first mooted at the same race last year. In Assen, the GPC gathered to discuss various minor tweaks to the MotoGP rules, but among them was a major upgrade: permitting the use of dashboard messages by the teams from 2018.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's thrilling races at Assen:
BRAVE MARTIN MISSES ON DUTCH PODIUM BY FEW HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND
Moto2 standings after Assen:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Assen:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Assen: