2017 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Viñales Gets One Back On Marquez

The drops of rain fallen towards the end of Moto3 practice encouraged the riders to go out as soon as the light turned green at the end of pitlane. Despite a heavy fall in the morning, Jonas Folger was the one to lead the early part of the session, before a quick shower hit the track. A handful of minutes later, the wind dissipated any trace of water on the circuit and the riders got back to work.

Maverick Viñales was quick to prove his worth and go top in the final fifteen minutes, on the harder rear tyre. Marc Marquez was also eager to put in a good lap and place himself into the combined top ten, the Spaniard improving on his fourth lap, then giving the hard tyre combination a quick test.

Viñales and Marquez went on to give us a quick teaser for their much-awaited battle, although it was just a remote exchange of top honours in the final five minutes. That particular fight went to the championship leader, the Yamaha man finding a lot of time to lead by over three tenths of a second.

Folger split the Spanish duo eventually, placing his Tech 3 Yamaha nearly three tenths ahead of the world champion.

Andrea Dovizioso had a much calmer FP2 compared to his morning, the Italian finishing fourth, very close behind Marquez and only four hundredths of a second in front of Cal Crutchlow. The LCR rider was back on HRC duty by trying on their aero fairing but still managed an honourable fifth position.

Valentino Rossi looked under threat to be dropped out of the top ten for most of the session, before improving significantly on his final lap to jump into sixth. Morning leader Danilo Petrucci had to make do with a seventh position, while Johann Zarco, usually out of sync with the rest of the field, posted his best times while his rivals were in the pits, preparing their final shootout on shiny new softs. His top time was good enough for eighth position, in front of Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa.

Outside of the top ten, Karel Abraham, Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro all sneaked ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard appearing to struggle all afternoon. They will all be hoping for another shot at Q2 in a dry Saturday morning.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'33.130    
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'33.497 0.367 0.367
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.782 0.652 0.285
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.790 0.660 0.008
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.828 0.698 0.038
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.830 0.700 0.002
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.890 0.760 0.060
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'33.986 0.856 0.096
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'34.103 0.973 0.117
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.148 1.018 0.045
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.299 1.169 0.151
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.337 1.207 0.038
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'34.491 1.361 0.154
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'34.523 1.393 0.032
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.596 1.466 0.073
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'34.605 1.475 0.009
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.617 1.487 0.012
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.759 1.629 0.142
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'34.923 1.793 0.164
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'35.039 1.909 0.116
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'35.185 2.055 0.146
22 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.373 2.243 0.188
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'36.334 3.204 0.961


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Seems Zarco used only Soft Rear/Soft Front this afternoon. he did his best time during a long run and put a few laps in 34'00 so it does not look like a time attack...  Message to David : any opportunity to ask him if he used the same Tyres during the whole session (+ the last part of the morning Session) would be much appreciated :) 

Welcome back Rins! Looking steady. Just 3 tenths to Iannone, and one more gets you on A.Espargaro and a good benchmark. You can do it!

Folger? Huh!


Welcome back Alex Rins! I hope A.R. doesn't have any injury this weekend. Fingers crossed for Alex. If he can just get through the race meeting, complete the laps & move on, without getting hurt, that would be great.

Best of luck to Alex Rins & all racing this weekend.