MotoGP: Bautista tops damp FP3 as Marquez highsides

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.

Times below:

Rider Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
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    
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