2016 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: Iannone Starts His Comeback

Following a misty Moto3 session, the conditions improved slightly for the MotoGP class, allowing for more track time for the riders. Andrea Iannone started preparing his charge from the back of the grid with an impressive first place in practice, dominating the session from start to finish.  

With Assen’s unpredictable weather in mind, an early shoot-out for Q2 ensued in the last minutes of FP1, with most riders switching to the softer option tyre. Andrea Dovizioso joined his teammate at the top of the standings, with the Yamaha of Pol Espargaro in third followed by Scott Redding in fourth. Another Ducati joined the party with Danilo Petrucci posting an identical time to that of his teammate.

The factory Yamahas slipped down the timing screens towards the end of the session, Jorge Lorenzo finishing sixth with Valentino Rossi in seventh. The Doctor was followed by his future teammate in eighth place, Maverick Vinales quickest of the Suzukis, less than half a second off Iannone. The top ten was completed by Bradley Smith and Hector Barbera, causing some worries for the Hondas.

After languishing at the bottom of the top ten early on, Marc Marquez made the jump to third place only to be pushed back to eleven as times improved in the last minutes of the session. Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished thirteenth, in a tricky session for the Japanese factory.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Gap Previous
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'34.349    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.575 0.226 0.226
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'34.649 0.300 0.074
4 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.660 0.311 0.011
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.660 0.311  
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'34.722 0.373 0.062
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.758 0.409 0.036
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'34.759 0.410 0.001
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'34.918 0.569 0.159
10 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.954 0.605 0.036
11 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'34.972 0.623 0.018
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'35.026 0.677 0.054
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'35.294 0.945 0.268
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'35.365 1.016 0.071
15 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'35.530 1.181 0.165
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'35.672 1.323 0.142
17 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'35.989 1.640 0.317
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'36.019 1.670 0.030
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'36.188 1.839 0.169
20 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'36.284 1.935 0.096
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'37.850 3.501 1.566

 

Round Number: 
8
2016
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Are the track conditions so bad that the Ducatis rule the time sheet and the Hondas are nowhere?

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Marquez is third fastest after FP2 and just 0.133 seconds off the top time.

There's a Ducati, a Yamaha, a Honda and a Suzuki in the top four positions after FP2.

If you watched FP1, you'd have known that teams and riders were simply getting used to track conditions, finding a tyre, finding a setting and getting up-to speed. FP1 times were/are irrelevent. It's a long weekend. 

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Marquez is third fastest after FP2 and just 0.133 seconds off the top time.

There's a Ducati, a Yamaha, a Honda and a Suzuki in the top four positions after FP2.

If you watched FP1, you'd have known that teams and riders were simply getting used to track conditions, finding a tyre, finding a setting and getting up-to speed. FP1 times were/are irrelevent. It's a long weekend. 

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Jorge, mixed conditions at Assen still a ghost haunting him? Maybe! He doesn't look comfortable.

The Ducatis do.

Conditions changing and tires are too. Eyes peeled. Who does changing conditions favor? Who sets up a bike well in those circumstances, and rides around an imperfect set up?
Vale.

Marc will be there. I believe Assen 2015 is in Marc's awareness, and he will have just a little something extra because of it. And the wee thawing of his relationship with Vale last race means a great deal to his sense of wellbeing and as such his focus.

Vinales and the Suzuki - lots on tap, I would love to see him battle with Jorge and Iannone for the last podium spot. Edit add - I forgot Iannone is starting from the rear. Watching for his lap time Sun, and bet he is faster than Jorge.

Iannone is free from pressure and worry around his situation at Ducati having signed w Suzuki. He has something to prove. The bike is ready for the front. He is quite Catholic and racing at the Cathedral on Sunday. And starting from the back. Hope we get to see him blazing pass after pass on the tele.

Did you folks see the changes to the curbing on the final turn? It looks more visible, but also a bit less flat/smooth. Interesting that the change was done at all.

Lastly, when I reviewed the 2015 race again I noticed something I hadn't before. In the press conference right after Marquez was his usual self with a friendly and balanced take on the race including the last corner. But a camera caught Livio Suppo and he was FUMING mad. Really, I have never seen his face like that. Red. Had me rethinking who it was that pushed the narrative that Rossi had done something wrong in the last corner.

Welcome Dara Z! Thanks for the write up.

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