Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, laying down an impressive pace to lead the way. The Repsol Honda rider ended in front of two Movistar Yamaha riders, Valentino Rossi taking 2nd, while Jorge Lorenzo finished in 3rd. Both men had good pace, but it was Lorenzo's which looked closer to the run of 1'33s which Marquez put down.
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Results of qualifying for Moto3 at Assen:
Valentino Rossi has ended a rain-disrupted final session of free practice to head into qualifying as the fastest man. FP3 was a session of two parts, with light rain chasing the pack back into the pits after the first quarter of an hour. It never rained enough to affect the track, but caution prevailed, leaving everyone to wait for the final 12 minutes or so before returning to the track to pursue a coveted spot in Q2.
Danny Kent has continued his reign in Moto3, but he is starting to be seriously challenged. Kent was fastest almost throughout the final session of free practice, but Romano Fenati closed the gap towards the very end. Making things more interesting, both Kent and Fenati set their quickest times on their own, without any help from a tow. The difference between the two was less than seven hundredths of a second.
Jorge Navarro was 3rd fastest, a third of a second behind Kent, while Alexis Masbou moved up to 4th.
After the chequered flag waved, Johann Zarco crossed the line with a 1'37.670, stealing the top spot from Simone Corsi who had held it for five minutes until the end. Sam Lowes, fastest in the morning and the only Speedup in the provisional front three rows, could only muster the third fastest time.
The top six were all within half a second of Zarco's time and the top 13 were all within a second of provisional pole.
Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Honda. The Repsol Honda rider was fast for much of the session, then set a very quick lap at the end of the session once the battle for Q2 commenced. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, but he did so by setting a very quick lap early, despite having a major moment on a previous lap. Marquez is still visibly struggling to get the bike stopped, his Honda RC213V still sliding wildly and running wide into the first corner.
Danny Kent has kept up the pressure in the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class. The Leopard Racing rider upped his pace in the second half of the session to take control again, holding off challenges from the Italian hordes. Romano Fenati closed the gap to just over a quarter of a second, and well ahead of the two Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders, Jorge Navarro leading Fabio Quartararo.
Sam Lowes has ended the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at the top of the time sheets, the Speed Up rider putting in a late charge to set the fastest lap. Lowes took over the top slot from Dominique Aegerter, who had in turn nudged his compatriot Tom Luthi off the top of the timesheets. Aegerter ended in 2nd, six hundredths behind Lowes, while Luthi was another tenth of a second behind Aegerter.
Free Practice opened with Marc Marquez, on his first lap out, planting himself in a dyke as he crashed his Honda. Ten minutes in, his teammate Dani Pedrosa had set the quickest time and set about beating it one lap later. Valentino Rossi got within two hundredths of a second of Pedrosa's time almost half an hour in, with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith not far off.
Danny Kent has taken the Moto3 class by the throat during the first session of free practice at Assen, laying down a withering pace from the start. The current championship leader took top spot early in the session, and ended over six tenths ahead of the opposition. Romano Fenati grabbed second spot, the KTM going well right from the start, while Jorge Navarro lead the Estrella Galicia 0,0 duel ending in 3rd, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo. Efren Vazquez took 5th spot, setting the same time as Quartararo.
Bradley Smith leaves Barcelona as the fastest of the MotoGP riders, after heavy rain disrupted testing shortly before midday, and left the track wet for the rest of the day. The weather meant that some teams were forced to change their plans. Yamaha's original plan to go riding in the afternoon was scrapped, the factory heading straight to Aragon for two more days of testing. There, they will be joined by Suzuki, as well as a number of Moto2 teams.
Bradley Smith sits at the top of the timesheets after the first three hours of testing at Barcelona, after rain has halted action at the track. Light rain started around noon, and then a heavy thunderstorm broke over the circuit, drenching the track and chasing everyone back into their garages.
The rain comes as a problem for Honda, who had a lot of work to do on Monday. The factory Yamaha team are more fortunate. The original plan was to ride after 2pm and then head to Aragon, so they will just head to Aragon instead.
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Jorge Lorenzo took the holeshot and never looked back at the Catalunya circuit Sunday to take his fourth MotoGP win in a row. Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi overcame a third-row start to grab second and Dani Pedrosa managed his first podium of the year in a crash-filled race that saw eight riders fail to finish and every remaining rider but one taking championship points.
Johann Zarco made up two positions in a frantic last lap to take his second win of the year Sunday at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Moto2 rookie Alex Rins, who entered the final lap in third place, seized second with Tito Rabat grabbing the final podium spot after leading into the final lap.