2013 Assen MotoGP Warm Up Result: Rossi Fastest, Battered Lorenzo Rides To 8th

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.

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2013 Assen MotoGP Friday Round Up: Earned Poles, Racing Lotteries And Lorenzo's Reasons For Racing

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.

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2013 Imola World Superbike Friday Roundup: Sykes Leads While Lowes Dominates

Imola, the Italian track remembered as the scene of the thrilling climax to the 2002 World Superbike season. If we are to see a repeat of the duel between Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss, we could need to look no further than to to Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. These two are the riders who have been consistently able to post fast laps, dodging a field of Italians getting single hot laps in front of their home crowds.

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2013 Assen MotoGP Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Saturday's race at Assen:


Dutch delight for Crutchlow with maiden pole position

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow delivered a sensational performance at the historic Assen track in Holland this afternoon to storm to a maiden MotoGP pole position for tomorrow’s Dutch TT.

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2013 Assen Moto2 and Moto3 Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releaes

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Assen:


Front row for Redding and third row for Kallio at Assen

Assen, The Netherlands - 28 June 2013: Scott Redding will start from the front row of the grid for the sixth time this season, after qualifying in third position for tomorrow's Moto2 Dutch TT at Assen. Mika Kallio put in his best qualifying performance since the opening race in Qatar to secure eighth position on the grid for tomorrow's 23-lap race.

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2013 Imola World Superbike Friday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Imola for the World Superbike and World Supersport teams:


Rea on the pace in Imola

Jonathan Rea set the second-fastest time in this afternoon’s opening World Superbike qualifying session at Imola in Italy, just one tenth of a second off provisional pole sitter Tom Sykes.

The rain that had been forecast for today did not materialise and although the 45-minute session was run under an overcast sky it was on a dry Imola circuit.

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2013 Imola World Superbike QP1 Results: Sykes And Rea Continue Form

While the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli are lacking pace, struggling to qualify as high as the customer options of Michel Fabrizio and fellow Italian Davide Giugliano, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea continue their mornings' progress. Ayrton Badovini, another local man, took the struggling Ducati Panigale to a provisional fourth place while old favourite Noriyuki Haga's return has him languishing two spots from the bottom. 

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2013 Assen Moto2 QP Result: Pole Earned Ahead Of Tight Field

Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying:

An amazingly tight margin of 0.990 covered the top twenty riders at the conclusion of the Moto2 qualifying session for the Dutch TT at Assen. The form rider of the race weekend Pol Espargaro clinched his second consecutive pole with the benchmark time of 1:38.691. He finished a tenth of a second ahead of the impressive Johann Zarco, who achieved his best ever Moto2 qualifying result. Championship leader Scott Redding finished third and completes the front row. 

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2013 Assen MotoGP QP Result: Absorbing Exhibition At The TT

Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:

Briton Cal Crutchlow has taken a decisive pole position for the Iveco TT at Assen. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider sealed his first ever pole by three tenths of a second with his final nail biting lap. Marc Marquez had jumped to the prime grid position moments before Crutchlow stormed home, relegating the Spanish rookie to second place. German Stefan Bradl completed the front row placings in third and will start Saturday's race from the front row for the first time in his blossoming career.

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2013 Imola World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes A Session Ahead

As the rest of the field starts to put laps in approaching Sam Lowes's morning times, he sets times that it will take until tomorrow for the rest of the field to catch up to. While his lead over second place was merely 0.7 of a second, that was to Riccardo Russo, the only other man to put in a 1'51 lap all day. Michael Van Der Mark completes the provisional front row, while Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu are on the third and fourth lines, respectively. 

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2013 Assen MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Leads Final Practice

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.

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Jorge Lorenzo To Return To Assen - But Will He Be Allowed To Race?

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

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2013 Assen Moto3 QP Result: Fractions Decide Pole

Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:

Moto3 qualifying for the Dutch TT at Assen has been decided by the smallest of margins. The hectic proceedings at the cathedral of motorcycle racing gave a great indication as to how exciting racing at the high velocity circuit can be if the conditions stay dry.

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