With the Dutch TT course shining under resplendent sunshine, Pecco Bagnaia was out on a mission to stop Miguel Oliveira’s rampant charge of late and what better way to do that than grab the top of the timesheets and not let go? The Italian clearly seemed to agree and ended up leading the session by two tenths of a second from compatriot Andrea Locatelli. The Italtrans rider was one of a few who kept a low profile before popping up at the sharp end when it mattered.
Following his fine victory in Barcelona, Fabio Quartararo went on to prove it was hardly a one hit wonder and was consistently in the top three of the session, eventually finishing three tenths slower than the leader. Brad Binder was also a late improver, with Lorenzo Baldassarri steadily climbing his way into the top five.
Alex Marquez managed to both lead and crash early on, the Spaniard unharmed and re-joining the action after a troublesome front brake and a fairly tattered fairing got a touch-up. The Spaniard brushed himself off but could not improve his early pace and settled for sixth. Possibly spurred on by his teammate’s success, Danny Kent also made a big step into the top seven, as the final man within half a second of Bagnaia.
Some more lead pack regulars completed the top ten, with Mattia Pasini leading Marcel Schrotter and rookie wonder Joan Mir. Just missing out on the first ten positions were the likes of Jorge Navarro, Sam Lowes and Oliveira, the Portuguese rider seven tenths down on his main tittle rival.
|3||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'38.531||0.312||0.118|
|7||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'38.680||0.461||0.055|
|20||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'39.328||1.109||0.050|
|22||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'39.492||1.273||0.136|
|23||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'39.579||1.360||0.087|