2021 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Viñales Fastest, Marquez Crashes, No Change In Top 10

Maverick Viñales topped the second session of the day at Assen for the MotoGP class, adding the fastest time in the afternoon to his fastest time of the morning. Though a few riders improved their time in the first half of the session, rain - light at first, and then a proper downpour - ruined most riders' attempts to go faster, with the provisional top 10 remained unchanged from the morning.

In FP2 proper, Miguel Oliveira ended up in second, Fabio Quartararo was third, Marc Marquez was fourth, and Joan Mir was fifth quickest. But the biggest news of the session was the massive highside for Marc Marquez at Duikersloot, at the southernmost part of the circuit. The Repsol Honda rider had the rear of the bike come round on him, and was flung high into the air, coming down heavily. Marquez could get up and walk away, and ride back to the pits on the back of a marshal's machine. Marquez did not go back out in the rain. But he should be fit to ride again in the morning.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.241    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.400 0.159 0.159
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.491 0.250 0.091
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.560 0.319 0.069
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.701 0.460 0.141
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.708 0.467 0.007
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.960 0.719 0.252
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'34.066 0.825 0.106
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'34.081 0.840 0.015
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'34.096 0.855 0.015
11 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'34.134 0.893 0.038
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'34.339 1.098 0.205
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'34.358 1.117 0.019
14 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.461 1.220 0.103
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.539 1.298 0.078
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'34.658 1.417 0.119
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.766 1.525 0.108
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.777 1.536 0.011
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.832 1.591 0.055
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'35.726 2.485 0.894
21 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'35.744 2.503 0.018
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'36.216 2.975 0.472
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MM ambition is outweighing his talent at this point . When will his physical liabilities hurt another rider?

So, is the highside a result of allowing X amount of wheelspin, but this amount of wheelspin was at odds with the track conditions? 

That is, this isnt like the old days where a rider controlled the wheelspin with the right hand and rode the slide.  Now, you just twist the grip and hang on ....

It's possible to turn down the TC and let the rider exercise more control. I recall reading about Casey Stoner on the Ducati "surfing" on the edge of the TC, which made him faster than other riders who relied on TC only. I suspect MM is in the same class as CS.

On the broadcast Crafar said that he thought the Marquez crash was on a closed throttle.  Maybe a result of too much engine braking or different characteristics of the new spec frame he was trying out?

On the broadcast Crafar said that he thought the Marquez crash was on a closed throttle.  Maybe a result of too much engine braking or different characteristics of the new spec frame he was trying out?

If Marquez is indeed riding with the traction control partially defeated, he is exposing himself to an added level of risk. Given that he just spent over a year recovering from injury, increasing exposure to risk doesn't seem like a good strategy. 

Unbelievable! Crafar was correct...the F'ing high side was off throttle! The video, and sound, on Moto GP is clear as glass: Marc is slowly rolling off the throttle and it spits him off. It appears that the might of HRC are really and truly trying to kill the Golden Goose, because without him, they have exactly ZIPPO! They're getting their ass's kicked by a small Austrian firm, which I find hilarious, amusing, delightful, etc. if it wasn't for the abuse Marc has to endure. 

Some surprisingly uninformed comments above given the usual high level of this site.  This was an off throttle highside nothing whatsoever to do with 'turning down the TC'.  Crafar nailed it after watching Marquez' moment into the GT chicane right at the end of FP1, he correctly pointed out that the rear came around on him into the corner (closed throttle) and diagnosed lack of rear grip either due to engine braking strategies or balance of the new chassis.  Bang on.  The FP2 bell-ringer was just a huge version of the same, glad to see Marc is for the most part alright.

For all the hate toward HRC for being able to just spend everyone into oblivion, we have not seen them at the head of the technology curve for a long time.  The last time I recall was the arrival of the seamless gearbox in 2011.  They have trailed on electronics, aero, start devices, chassis balanace - basically everything.  Even Aprilia have a great shapeshifter system FFS!  Are HRC being hamstrung by the finance department or are they genuinely just totally lost and out of talent?

Honda are just arrogant enough to always believe everything is someone/something else's fault. Honda have never erred, not even on the side of caution.

"They're getting their ass's kicked by a small Austrian firm ..."


The "small Austrian firm" you mention has won the Dakar 18 times, and has won numerous other motocross and enduro championships. If you only concentrate on paved-track racing it's easy to overlook those successes.

KTM will win the MotoGP championship as well. The only question is when it will happen.