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.