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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Assen:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Assen:
The sun decided to come out and play at the beginning of the fourth practice session, prompting the riders to get a quick taster of the conditions before heading back to the garage to have their bikes prepared for dry conditions.
Only a handful of riders decided to stay out for more than one lap on wet tyres, as the mechanics kept busy with set-up changes, while keeping an eye on the forecast that threatened with another shower.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Assen:
Rain had just stopped by the time the intermediate class started play and it was the usual suspects who put their names at the top of the timesheets on a wet circuit. The field also got its fair share of crashes, including Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro, Takaaki Nakagami and Luca Marini.
With the tricky conditions, the gaps at the top were significant. Franco Morbidelli proved his speed around the Dutch circuit both in the dry and the wet, the Italian blasting his way into the 1:52s, the only rider to do that and ending up leading by one tenth of a second.
The rain that graced the beginning of practice for the lightweight class had stopped by the time the MotoGP class took its turn, but the seventeen degrees in the air were not quite enough to dry the surface for anyone to challenge Friday times. With Q2 positions almost guaranteed given the weather, the riders looked to find some speed for qualifying – tipped to be in similar conditions. That saw a handful of wet weather enthusiasts mixing it in with the Q2 qualifiers.
After some drops of rain tested us on Friday, Saturday morning was straight wet suit domain. With the qualifying sessions predicted to take place in similar conditions, the smaller class was keen to give it a go in the wet. Combined with reduced visibility, the wet surface caught out the likes of Darryn Binder, John McPhee, Marcos Ramirez and Marco Bezzecchi early in the session. There would be plenty more tip-offs before the end of practice, half the grid going down at some point, including some of the fastest men of the day.
On the other hand, the weather aided Bo Bendsneyder in warming up the home audience, the KTM rider ending the session at the top of the timesheets, to the delight of the soaked stands. Almost six tenths down on the local boy was Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, the Thai rider proving his wet weather prowess once again.
With the threat of rain looming large after a few tentative drops hit both the Moto3 and MotoGP sessions, Franco Morbidelli remembered he’s the man to beat this season, the Italian taking top position soon after the start of a dry FP2.
After the rain flag showed up but appeared undecided whether to wave or not, Takaaki Nakagami became the closest threat to the Italian, the Japanese rider getting as close as one and a half tenths, in second position.
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.
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.
The lightweight class dodged the threat of rain for their second practice session and even enjoyed a few extra degrees in temperature. Less enjoyable was the wind that picked up slightly, but with the prospect of rain on Saturday, the Moto3 riders had to make the most of their time on track today.
Despite several cancelled laps for adventures outside track limits, Jorge Martin reminded us he’s the one-lap expert in the field, the Spaniard posting the fastest time just as a few drops of rain decided to fall in the final two minutes.
Things were slowly heating up despite the clouds in Assen, but the action in the intermediate class did not see many surprises. Tom Luthi grabbed the lead early in the session and never let it go, his reign at the top of the timesheets as big as three tenths of a second.
Takaaki Nakagami chipped away at that gap late in the session to go second. Miguel Oliveira had a better start to his weekend in the Netherlands, the Portuguese rider finishing third in the session. The last man within three tenths of a second off Luthi was Marcel Schrotter, the Dynavolt rider taking fourth spot from championship leader Franco Morbidelli on the final lap.
After a relatively carefree Moto3 session, MotoGP practice was off to a sketchy start. Barcelona winner Andrea Dovizioso ran out of luck early in the session, his Ducati smoking away and leaving a trace of oil in its wake on the outlap.
Following a significant delay, all the riders were able to get out and give it another try. With the rain always being a concern in Assen, the final ten minutes saw a bit of a windy shootout to ensure top ten positions. Danilo Petrucci had an interesting morning, the Italian ending the session in top position but having a mechanical problem on the final lap, adding to Ducati’s worries.
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.
Marc Marquez leaves the Monday post-race test at Barcelona as fastest. The Repsol Honda rider indulged in a late hot-lap shootout with Maverick Viñales at the end of the day, Marquez knocking the Movistar Yamaha rider off the top of the timesheets.
Jonas Folger ended the day in third, though he was nine tenths behind Marquez, bbut just ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow was sixth fastest, ahead of Johann Zarco and Scott Redding.