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The final chance to find your way in practice came and went for the premier class and it saw some out of character tyre choices, with Marc Marquez going softer than his Honda colleagues, Maverick Viñales starting on all softs and his teammate Valentino Rossi on the medium-hard combination. After the world champion showed blistering pace on the new hard-medium combination, he went on to do the same on used medium-soft rubber, on which he posted the fastest time of the session and the only 1:33.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Assen:
The last practice session before the serious business starts kicked off with a real surprise from our favourite temperamental rookie Romano Fenati, who immediately posted the best time of the weekend to lead the early part of the session by over three tenths of a second. The Italian’s time stood until the final three minutes, when the championship leader snuck ahead just about. Pecco Bagnaia completed the practice hat-trick by taking another headline, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Fenati.
In the warm – but less so than Friday afternoon – Assen morning there was no hurry to improve at the top or escape the dreaded Q2 positions. The most popular look for the morning session was the used medium front-soft rear tyre combination, with the likes of Marquez or Morbidelli predictably going harder, on the medium rear. While the Italian ended up in the medical centre for a precautionary check-up, the world champion wobbled his way into the lead of the session, showing similarly impressive pace on the medium as on the hard one day ago.
Beautiful sunshine greeted the first outing of the day and the lightweight class featured the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. With the lower temperatures of the morning, not all riders rivalled their best effort from Friday but a couple of men led by Marco Bezzecchi managed to drop into the 1:42s once again. Also joining that exclusive club was Aron Canet, who was the fastest man on Friday and continued much on the same note, leading the best part of Saturday morning before being dethroned by the championship leader.
The final session of the day in Assen ran in excellent conditions, which meant that riders were quick to improve their times from FP1, Pecco Bagnaia once again being the fastest man on track. Joan Mir caught up to trail the Italian by only one tenth of a second, sandwiched between the two Sky riders, Luca Marini having a bit off a wild ride into third position.
In baking hot Assen, Marc Marquez needed only three laps to improve on his own best time of the weekend and get a second ahead of the field, in a familiar display. It all changed when the final time attack arrived with eight minutes left of the session and the first to make a significant move in the shootout was Maverick Viñales, the Yamaha man grabbing the lead in the final three minutes, when a handful of riders dropped to 1:33s on soft rubber.
Despite the hotter surface with a nice spread of rubber following the first set of practice sessions of the day, the lightweight class took their time to pick up some more speed. Regardless, Marco Bezzecchi was in a hurry to post his first 1:42 time of the weekend, which secured him the lead throughout the session but did not quite improve on the FP1 benchmark. The only man who achieved that feat was Aron Canet, the Estrella Galicia rider leading by over a tenth of a second by the time the checker flag marked the end of the session.