Damp conditions created a quiet free practice session at the Dutch circuit of Assen, with many riders opting to sit in their garages during the tricky conditions. As FP1 was dry, all the times from Thursday morning will
|Bautista’s gamble to go out on slicks payed off
Photo: Gresini Honda
be used for determining who makes it into Q2 and which riders will have to fight it out in Q1. This meant an injured Jorge Lorenzo still led the timing sheets and riders could only focus on perfecting dry set-ups.
Injured Bradley Smith chose to stay in his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 garage at the start of the session due to tricky conditions and only a few riders ventured out into the cold. Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez was the first rider to set the fastest lap, however he was soon beaten by CRT rider Yonny Hernandez and Ducati’s Nicky Hayden. Continuing his stunning form Cal Crutchlow was the next rider to set the fastest lap with a 1.46.918.
Half-way through the session and a dry line began to form, creating even trickier conditions for the riders and putting a dampener on the action to be seen on track. With just nine minutes of the session remaining, Marc Marquez made a bold decision and went out on slick Bridgestone tyres on his RC2213V. He completed his first lap unscathed and began to push a little more, but towards the end of his second lap he suffered a terrifying highside, and he lost control of his bike at Ramshoek resulting in a fifth gear crash for the 20 year old. Marquez seemed to walk away unharmed but there has now been reports he has a small fracture to his right hand.
Despite this scare, Alvaro Bautista, Randy De Puniet and Michele Pirro all went out on slicks and went top of the timing sheets in the remaining five minutes. Bautista’s time was a 1.40.029.
|Alvaro BAUTISTA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||1’40.029|
|Randy DE PUNIET||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||1’40.223||0.194 / 0.194|
|Michele PIRRO||Ignite Pramac Racing||Ducati||1’45.601||5.572 / 5.378|
|Ivan SILVA||Avintia Blusens||FTR||1’46.724||6.695 / 1.123|
|Marc MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’46.761||6.732 / 0.037|
|Cal CRUTCHLOW||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1’46.981||6.952 / 0.220|
|Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’47.014||6.985 / 0.033|
|Nicky HAYDEN||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’47.027||6.998 / 0.013|
|Dani PEDROSA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’47.055||7.026 / 0.028|
|Karel ABRAHAM||Cardion AB Motoracing||ART||1’47.782||7.753 / 0.727|
|Yonny HERNANDEZ||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||1’48.067||8.038 / 0.285|
|Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1’48.167||8.138 / 0.100|
|Andrea IANNONE||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||1’48.396||8.367 / 0.229|
|Claudio CORTI||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||1’48.495||8.466 / 0.099|
|Bradley SMITH||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1’48.822||8.793 / 0.327|
|Aleix ESPARGARO||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||1’48.976||8.947 / 0.154|
|Danilo PETRUCCI||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||1’49.066||9.037 / 0.090|
|Michael LAVERTY||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1’49.259||9.230 / 0.193|
|Hector BARBERA||Avintia Blusens||FTR||1’49.312||9.283 / 0.053|
|Bryan STARING||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||FTR Honda||1’49.637||9.608 / 0.325|
|Lukas PESEK||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||1’50.501||10.472 / 0.864|
|Stefan BRADL||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||1’50.830||10.801 / 0.329|
|Colin EDWARDS||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||1’52.118||12.089 / 1.288|
|Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha|