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Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying:
Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:
The final MotoGP practice session for the Dutch TT at Assen was greeted by heavy clouds and cool track temperatures, but thankfully the rain stayed away. This gave the premier class chargers a chance to to work on and refine their race packages. After his big crash in the morning's earlier session a battered and bruised Marc Marquez, riding with a broken finger and toe, lead the time sheets. He finished three hundredths of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi in second while fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow was a further tenth behind.
The Honda trio of Stefan Bradl, Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista ended up in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively as Randy DePuniet put in a stellar performance aboard his Aprilia to finish in seventh and top CRT rider. The Frenchman will be in with a good shout to go through in QP1 later today.
Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:
Pol Espargaro has set the pace in a breezy half wet-half dry Moto2 FP3. The ever improving conditions saw the Spaniard lap within a second of his quickest dry Thursday time. Espargaro's team mate Tito Rabat finished in second place ahead of Marc VDS riders Mika Kallio and Scott Redding. Frenchman Johann Zarco ended up in fifth position in front of Thomas Luthi, Anthony West, Xavier Simeon, Mattia Pasini and Alex DeAngelis completed the top ten.
The session was red flagged with fourteen minutes remaining after a monumental high side for Rafid Topan Sucipto. The Indonesian rider received extensive medical attention track side. After a lengthy delay he was thankfully declared 'OK', breathing, moving his arms and legs and conscious, the QMMF Speed Up rider was taken away in an ambulance for further treatment. Additional delays were then encountered as the site of Sucipto's crash had to be cleared of any debris and oil.
A drying track at Assen made conditions difficult for the third and final session of free practice for the MotoGP class. Conditions meant that nobody could improve their times, leaving the riders qualified for the two qualifying sessions this afternoon unchanged.
Alvaro Bautista was the fastest man in an otherwise meaningless session, the Spaniard going out on slicks late on in the session. But it was Marc Marquez who ventured out on slicks first, and he paid the price, suffering a massive highside as he braked for the Ramshoek corner. The Spaniard cracked the little finger in his right hand, but that injury will not prevent him from taking part in qualifying later today.
Alex Rins has taken top spot in the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Assen. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider put over a third of a second into Maverick Vinales, and six tenths into his teammate Alex Marquez. Luis Salom ended the session in 4th.
Mattia Pasini has taken advantage of difficult track conditions during the second Moto2 practice session to top the time sheets. The Italian set a cracking last ditch lap, some seven tenths faster than Mika Kallio in second. The perilous session saw no further rain fall and an ever drying track, but Pasini's time of 1:47.835 was still almost ten seconds off the fastest time set in FP1 earlier in the day.
Johann Zarco headed the time sheets for large amounts of the session and ended up in third place ahead of Ricard Cardus, Randy Krummenacher, Mike Di Meglio, Scott Redding, Anthony West, Toni Elias and Alberto Moncayo completed the top ten. The slippery session was high in incident as at least eight riders crashed pushing hard to find the limits of the ever evolving Assen circuit, thankfully no injuries of note were encountered.
Marc Marquez has topped a torrentially wet second free practice in impressive fashion, leading wily veteran Valentino Rossi by two tenths of a second. There was quite a large gap back to Dani Pedrosa in third place whose lap time put him ahead of fellow Honda rider Stefan Bradl, the Ducati pairing of Dovizioso and Hayden and Cal Crutchlow in seventh. The session was a nice opportunity for CRT riders to show their talents and get their name up in lights as Danilo Petrucci, Yonny Hernandez and Michael Laverty rounded out the top ten positions.
The big story of the session however was an enormous crash for world champion and in-form man Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider suffered a scary high side at the fastest corner of the notoriously quick Assen circuit. He was able to walk away gingerly, but appeared to be nursing his left arm in a fashion that would indicate a potential collar bone injury. He was later helped into an ambulance and given an initial assessment. The Spaniard was finally taken to the circuit medical centre for further treatment of a suspected fractured left collar bone, more information regarding the injury will be provided as it's made available.
Thursday afternoon action resumed as championship leader Luis Salom headed the timesheets in Moto3 FP2. Light sprinkles of rain appeared early in the session and cool track temperatures meant that initial lap times were quite a bit slower than those set in FP1. As the drizzle cleared Salom was able to put together a string of hot laps and finish proceedings ahead of the morning's pace setter Maverick Vinales, as most riders began improving on their day's best times.
Riding with an injured wrist Jonas Folger did very well to post the third fastest time ahead of Spaniards Rins and Marquez. Alexis Masbou, Isaac Vinales, Alan Techer and the Australian duo of Arthur Sissis and Jack Miller rounded out the top ten placings. With five minutes remaining the rain began to fall heavier than it had all day and saw the few riders circulating head back to the pit lane. Alex Marquez was the only rider to go out and 'test the waters' on full wet tyres, cleverly taking the opportunity to boost his experience riding in tricky conditions.
Pol Espargaro has topped the timesheets at the conclusion of the opening Moto2 practice session at the Dutch TT. The Kalex rider ended the session a tenth of a second ahead of championship leader and title rival Scott Redding. The gap to Dominique Aegerter in third was almost half a second, setting up the prospect of a mouth watering head-to-head battle between Espargaro and Redding during Saturday's race.
Frenchman Johan Zarco finished proceedings in an impressive fourth position ahead of Xavier Simeon, Mika Kallio and Esteve Rabat. Anthony West appeared to have found some much needed form to post the eighth fastest time ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, who was an even second behind pace setter Espargaro. Swiss Suter rider Randy Krummenacher rounded out the top ten. The session saw spots of rain fall in the closing stages and the predictably unpredictable Assen forecast is for further showers as the day and race weekend progress.
Riding a wave of momentum from his hometown victory in Catalunya, Jorge Lorenzo has shown fantastic form in the opening practice session of the Dutch TT at Assen. The factory Yamaha rider set the pace by three tenths of a second with a lap time of 1:35.263. Cal Crutchlow was his closest rival on the timesheets finishing up in second place, a further three tenths ahead of Marc Marquez in third.
Valentino Rossi started the cold and cloudy session strongly, but had to settle for fourth place, failing to match the scintillating and ominously consistent pace of his teammate. Dani Pedrosa rounded out a very familiar feeling top five. A special mention goes out for Aleix Espargaro aboard his ART machine. The Aspar rider managed to set a lap time good enough for sixth place, finishing ahead of no less than six prototype bikes.
Maverick Vinales has stamped his authority on the Moto3 class at Assen, leading the first session of free practice by over four tenths of a second. The Team Calvo rider finished ahead of title rivals Luis Salom and Alex Rins, but the gaps were large. Niklas Ajo, in fourth, was already over a second behind Vinales, and at the head of a big group all much closer together. Interesting name in among that was Dutch wildcard Bryan Schouten, the FTR Honda rider having secured some very strong results in the Spanish CEV championship, and now doing well at his home round.