2012 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Thursday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Assen:


Viñales and Oliveira head opening day standings at Assen

World Championship leader dominates opening Moto3 practice, followed by Portuguese. Fellow Repsol rider Álex Rins places ninth on first visit to Assen.

Repsol Media Service - Netherlands, Assen Circuit - Thursday 28/06/2012

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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2012 Assen MotoGP Wednesday Round Up: On Chatter, Silly Season Updates And Expected Rule Changes

Three races in 15 days, right in the middle and most important part of the season. MotoGP lines up at Assen with one third of the season gone. By the time the triple header is finished at Mugello, just over two weeks' later, we are half way through the season and the title is a lot closer to being settled. These three races are crucial.

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2012 Assen Moto3 Preview: "Do Or Die" Class Unleashes Four-Stroke Engines at Assen

Though it is hard to see Assen without remembering the old a painful reminder of the old six kilometre long layout, we’ll still be glad to watch the Moto3 bikes racing for first time at Dutch TT this weekend. Especially if you are still thrilled by the action seen at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago -with up to eleven riders fighting for a place on the rostrum-, you just can’t wait to watch a new chapter of these young lions racing and writing Moto3 history in its debut season.

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Pons Team Appeal Rejected: No Penalty On Marquez For Barcelona Crash

Marc Marquez will not receive the time penalty initially imposed upon him by Race Direction after his crash with Pol Espargaro during the Moto2 race at Barcelona. The International Disciplinary Court (CDI) has upheld the decision of the FIM Stewards, who overturned the penalty imposed by Race Direction, meaning that the results of the Barcelona Moto2 race will stand, and Marc Marquez keeps his 6 point advantage in the Moto2 championship standings.

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2012 Assen MotoGP Press Release Previews

Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday:


Repsol Honda Team positive as trio of races commence

The Repsol Honda Team travel to the north of Europe this week in preparation for the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship.

The Netherlands is the destination for the legendary Dutch TT in Assen, where both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will be challenging for victory as the Championship enters a very busy period with three races in a row.

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2012 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Press Release Previews

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of Saturday's race at Assen:


Marc Márquez and Maverick Viñales leaders heading to the Netherlands

Repsol riders go to Assen with second and third in the MotoGP standings and lower cylinder class leadership to their name.

Maverick Viñales and Marc Márquez won at Assen last year.

All current Repsol riders —bar debutant Rins— have won in the Netherlands.

Maverick Viñales is on a run of 3 consecutive poles.

Repsol Media Service - Netherlands, Assen Circuit - Monday 25/06/2012

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The Battle For MotoGP's Future: New Rules To Be Decided At Assen

It seems ironic - ironic at best, downright insane at worst - that at the 7th Grand Prix of the first season after a major capacity change in MotoGP, the Grand Prix Commission will be deciding on another major change in MotoGP regulations. With just one third of the races run of one season after such a change, why are the GP Commission even contemplating more changes?

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Falling Crowd Numbers Force Assen To Contemplate Major Changes

The Dutch TT at the legendary Assen circuit could be facing major changes over the next few years. Falling spectator numbers are forcing the board of the TT Circuit Assen to take a long look at the event to try and turn the tide. The organizers have even gone so far as to put the day of the race up for discussion, and move the event from Saturday to Sunday in future years.

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Photographer's Blog: This is No Sport for Old Men

Sometimes the guy in 6th place gets there with such style that his story is more compelling, more inspiring, and more enjoyable than the victor's. For me, the biggest story of Silverstone 2012 starts at least as early as Donington in 2008. James Toseland showed up to his home race in his rookie G.P. year to find the expected amount of media attention. It seemed in the days leading up the race that Toseland was on every front page in the country, and it also seemed impossible for any literate person in the U.K. not to know he was the local boy in the coming race at Donington Park.

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