Assen was always going to give us a bit of a cool down after the soul-crushing heat of Barcelona, and a kind eighteen degrees welcomed the lightweight class to the first day of practice. Add a few clouds and some breeze and you get the usual recipe. Although, one different ingredient was Philipp Oettl fighting his way through traffic to pop up at the top of the timesheets in the final two minutes of the session.
Behind him, Enea Bastianini proved why he was the poleman in Assen for the past two years and why his name is scribbled next to the fastest Moto3 lap around the circuit. The Italian seems to be recovering some form of late and this second position serves to prove that.
Romano Fenati is a constant presence near the top end of the timesheets in any given session, this time around sneaking into third spot. A more surprising appearance is Maria Herrera in fourth position, the AGR rider making good use of a late tow from Marco Bezzecchi to climb up the timesheets.
Local boy Bo Bendsneyder warmed up the audience with a bit of cheering for his fifth place, while Aron Canet made the jump into sixth spot. Jorge Martin looked like showing off his one-lap speed once again, the Spaniard leading briefly, but was eventually pushed back into seventh position.
Championship leader Joan Mir, as usual, was minding his own business and riding on his own, which brought him an eighth place, in front of Marcos Ramirez and early session leader Tatsuki Suzuki.
The Sky VR46 duo had a slow start, Nicolo Bulega almost a second down on Oettl in thirteenth place and Andrea Migno out of the top twenty after crashing out in the final fifteen minutes of the session.
Fabio di Giannantonio looked like finding his feet towards the end of the session but was eventually pushed back to fourteenth, with John McPhee twenty-first, just ahead of Darryn Binder, the two almost a second and a half down on the leader.
|14||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'44.225||0.994||0.031|
|19||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'44.476||1.245||0.045|
|32||28||Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT||KTM||1'49.166||5.935||2.820|