2016 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Iannone Continues His Charge

With a few rays of sunshine making their way through the clouds, Marc Marquez was the first into the 1:33, a second fastest than his morning pace. His old Moto2 nemesis and FP1 leader Andrea Iannone followed him in the classification and finally took charge at the top of the timesheets in the final minutes of the session. Valentino Rossi finished second after a fast last run, dropping Marquez down to third.

Despite using a different chassis, the two Suzukis posted similar times for most of the session, with Maverick Vinales finishing fourth and Aleix Espargaro a few places down in eight. An unhappy Jorge Lorenzo finished the first run in tenth position, gradually climbing up the ranking to a more reassuring fifth.

Further down, a pretty incognito Andrea Dovizioso took sixth position, followed by the step-sister Ducati of Petrucci in seventh, the Italian showing impressive pace. The Pol Espargaro/Scott Redding tandem of FP1 dropped some positions to round up the top ten.

It was a wild ride for Dani Pedrosa, who only managed to tame his Honda enough for an eleventh place. An early improver was Cal Crutchlow, the British rider flirting with the top four before falling back to thirteenth position, both Honda riders hoping for more sunshine tomorrow morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Gap Previous
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'33.591    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.595 0.004 0.004
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.724 0.133 0.129
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'33.892 0.301 0.168
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'33.991 0.400 0.099
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.011 0.420 0.020
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.065 0.474 0.054
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'34.087 0.496 0.022
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'34.163 0.572 0.076
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.172 0.581 0.009
11 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.206 0.615 0.034
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.404 0.813 0.198
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'34.480 0.889 0.076
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'34.531 0.940 0.051
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'34.789 1.198 0.258
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'35.008 1.417 0.219
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'35.056 1.465 0.048
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'35.125 1.534 0.069
19 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'35.220 1.629 0.095
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'35.284 1.693 0.064
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'36.582 2.991 1.298

 

Round Number: 
8
2016
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Comments

Nice write-up, Zara. I haven't noticed your by-line before, and you have a good way with words.

Is it safe to say that Rabat won't be back on the grid next year? Is he going back to moto2/WSBK? It looks pretty bad to be 3 seconds off the pace every round. Here's hoping he can find a couple of seconds with an improved form.cool

How I love watching things unfold this part of the season. We are biting into the main course.

Except Rabat - Tito buddy, you need to find a SECOND AND A HALF to even keep your ride for next year! That pace was acceptable for the first few rounds, not anymore.

Interesting to hear Beautista's unrestrained comments about the Aprilia as 5 kilos over the minimum and (20?) horsepower under its counterparts.

Watching closely the satellite riders enter the peak pressure point of silly season. Thrive or dive guys. Time to show your mettle.

Welcome Zara, I follow you on twitter and you're hilarious. Good luck around here!

I've enjoyed the write-ups today, thank you.

David, maybe short writer profiles can be added to postings at some point in the future?

Sharing his surname with that of the capital city of Morocco and his nickname with the former head of the the Yugoslav Republic, Esteve 'Tito' Rabat may have seemed destined for greatness.  But he spent five years in the World 125 Championship, of which 2010 was his best, finishing sixth in the championship with 147 points - but remaining winless. He then spent 2011 to 2015 in Moto2, scoring his first wins in season 2013 (Jerez, Indianapolis and Sepang).  The next year was the stand-out, winning seven races and taking the Moto2 title with 346 points - then the most scored in the Moto2 class.   But a year later he was out-classed by Johan Zarco, who scored eight GP wins and amassed 352 points.  Alex Rins was second with 234 points and Rabat was third with 231 points.  This year Zarco is still very much in the hunt to retain his Moto2 title, just 10 points behind title leader Rins.  So what made Rabat seem such a great choice for a MotoGP ride, or Rins for that matter?  Surely Zarco is the man with the best record ?