Italian Andrea Iannone has been making the headlines for many reasons over recent races, and this weekend will be no different as he ends day on at Assen on top, despite being forced to start from the back of the grid on Sunday following his coming together with Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona.
Grey clouds and humid conditions masked the legendary Assen circuit today on the opening day of free practise, the first time these have been held on a Friday.
With drizzle making the surface slippy this morning, free practise one saw many riders being cautious on their out laps, and it ended with Ducati domination with Andrea Iannone on top ahead of Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Following riders choosing to use this session as a learning session, times we’re perhaps not too telling.
Lorenzo was keen to get out on track this afternoon and set the opening fastest laps, but it was compatriot and championship leader Marc Marquez who was the first rider to break into the 1.33 lap time in the opening 15 minutes.
The remainder of the session was fairly quiet in Holland, as Vinales and Crutchlow shot into third and fourth half way through the session, and the order remained unchanged until the closing eight minutes.
Lorenzo is able to move into second position and begin to challenge Marquez for the top spot, as Vinales has some moments on his Suzuki, with the Spaniard pushing to get a solid position.
In the final five minutes it was a fight between the Italians for fastest at the end of day one, but it was Andrea Iannone who took the title from Valentino Rossi by 0.004s, setting a time of 1.33.591s.
Marquez ended the session in third, with Maverick Vinales in fourth position. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finished the day in 11th position, and if the forecast is correct and rain hits Assen tomorrow he will be forced to compete in Q1.
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