Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Assen:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Assen:
The last practice session before the serious business starts kicked off with a real surprise from our favourite temperamental rookie Romano Fenati, who immediately posted the best time of the weekend to lead the early part of the session by over three tenths of a second. The Italian’s time stood until the final three minutes, when the championship leader snuck ahead just about. Pecco Bagnaia completed the practice hat-trick by taking another headline, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Fenati.
The final session of the day in Assen ran in excellent conditions, which meant that riders were quick to improve their times from FP1, Pecco Bagnaia once again being the fastest man on track. Joan Mir caught up to trail the Italian by only one tenth of a second, sandwiched between the two Sky riders, Luca Marini having a bit off a wild ride into third position.
With the Dutch TT course shining under resplendent sunshine, Pecco Bagnaia was out on a mission to stop Miguel Oliveira’s rampant charge of late and what better way to do that than grab the top of the timesheets and not let go? The Italian clearly seemed to agree and ended up leading the session by two tenths of a second from compatriot Andrea Locatelli. The Italtrans rider was one of a few who kept a low profile before popping up at the sharp end when it mattered.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams previewing this weekend's races at Assen:
Marquez and Mir focus on podium charge in Assen
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir are aiming high heading to the historic TT Assen Circuit in Holland.
Alex Marquez is optimistic he can bolster his impressive title challenge this weekend when the Moto2 field tackle the famed TT Circuit Assen in round eight of the 2018 World Championship.
Kalex issued the following press release after their test with the Triumph Moto2 engine and Magneti Marelli electronics:
PROMISING CONCLUSION OF FIRST TEST WITH 2019 RACE SPEC TRIUMPH ENGINE
From this week’s Tuesday to Thursday, the German chassis manufacturer KALEX Engineering continued its developing process and preparations for the next season with a three-day test at Spain’s MotorLand Aragón circuit.
Two days after the Barcelona round of MotoGP had completed, some of the Moto2 riders were back testing again. At the Motorland Aragon circuit, a number of Moto2 teams gathered for a private test. Alongside them, the Moto2 chassis manufacturers were there for the first roll out of their 2019 chassis, housing the Triumph 765 Moto2 engine and Magneti Marelli electronics.
Three of the current Moto2 chassis manufacturers were there with their test riders. KTM had Julian Simon and Ricky Cardus, NTS had Alex De Angelis, and Kalex had official test rider Jesko Raffin, and to some surprise, Jonas Folger, who withdrew from the Monster Tech3 Yamaha MotoGP team at the start of this year.
The test was important for the manufacturers, as it was not just a chance to try their chassis with the Triumph engines, but also to test them with the Magneti Marelli electronics. The spec Magneti Marelli electronics package is significantly more sophisticated than Superstock package used with the Honda CBR600RR engines currently being used.
Moto2 standings after Barcelona: