2018 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: A Marquez Kind Of Morning

If Assen wasn’t warm enough already, the premier class turned up the heat the second they hit the track by knocking on the doors of 1:34 straight away, with the likes of Marc Marquez, Danilo Petrucci and Maverick Viñales carrying the flag for their factories early on. Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso then picked up the pace to challenge the world champion’s benchmark as well but it was Viñales who led the way after the first run of the morning session.

Marquez did not need long to retrieve his favourite place on the timesheets on his second outing and then continued to move the goalposts throughout the session, while also having a good look at his factory Yamaha pals. Viñales and Rossi followed him on the timing screens instead and completed the top ten two tenths of a second down on the Honda man while not quite rivalling the consistency of his pace.

Jack Miller continued his progress with a fourth position, with Dovizioso four tenths down on his main title rival. Andrea Iannone had his first official go on Suzuki’s updated engine spec and it scored him a sixth place, the final place within half a second of the leader. Jorge Lorenzo also showed similar pace to his main challengers but a late spill in the gravel at turn 9 pushed him back to seventh spot.

Franco Morbidelli continued to impress with an eighth position while awaiting an announcement on his future, while Cal Crutchlow and Petrucci faded towards the end of FP1 to round out the top ten. With Alvaro Bautista and Tito Rabat showing improved form just outside the top ten positions, the last men left within a second of the world champion were Johann Zarco and Dani Pedrosa in 13th and 14th place respectively, the duo presumably waiting for the thermometer to impress a little more.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'34.227    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'34.404 0.177 0.177
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.513 0.286 0.109
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'34.548 0.321 0.035
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.637 0.410 0.089
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.684 0.457 0.047
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'34.811 0.584 0.127
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'34.820 0.593 0.009
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'34.898 0.671 0.078
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'35.037 0.810 0.139
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'35.096 0.869 0.059
12 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'35.102 0.875 0.006
13 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'35.146 0.919 0.044
14 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'35.182 0.955 0.036
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'35.245 1.018 0.063
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'35.271 1.044 0.026
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'35.289 1.062 0.018
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.376 1.149 0.087
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.669 1.442 0.293
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'35.838 1.611 0.169
21 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'35.935 1.708 0.097
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'35.955 1.728 0.020
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'36.471 2.244 0.516
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'36.955 2.728 0.484
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Smith messing with Marquez... That was cute, of course then Brad ran off. What did Dirty Harry say, "A man's got to know his limitations".

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