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Dutch TT gets underway in #assen for Repsol #honda Team
There were mixed feelings for the Repsol #honda men on a cloudy-but-dry opening day of the Dutch TT in #assen, with #marcmarquez finishing in a close third position, while #danipedrosa ended up 11th.
In the morning, each of the teammates spent the whole session on just one set of tyres, aiming to find the best setting choices for his bike. Marc managed to sort out a few solutions that helped in the afternoon, when he was able to constantly lap at the front; he set a very good pace from the beginning and ultimately closed the day just over one tenth from the top.
Dani struggled to find his pace at the beginning of FP2, and although he managed to complete a more positive last run in the end and to reduce his gap to the front to just 0.615s, he wasn’t able to improve as much as he had hoped.
“In the first free-practice session, we found things a little demanding and I wasn't able to ride as comfortably as usual, but we remained very focused and worked hard to look for a solution for the afternoon. So, the important thing from today is that the changes we made worked well in the second session, and I was able to set a good pace. We were amongst the top riders throughout the session, but we were also testing a lot of things that I think will help us tomorrow. Here, the track conditions change every time you go out, so we’ll work to try to continue improving, as the times are always very close.”
“It’s been a very challenging first day because we had some difficulties with stability during both practice sessions. So far, we’ve failed to improve with the changes of tyres and setup that we tried. With such changeable weather, we didn’t want to take the risk of trying too many things, and it was a shame to have these difficulties on a day like today, with everybody’s lap times so tight. Nevertheless, we’ll stay positive; tomorrow we’ll try to take a step forward and get into the top 10 in the last free-practice session in order to gain confidence ahead of qualifying.”
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1'33.591
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha #motogp 1'33.595
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol #honda Team 1'33.724
4 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'33.892
5 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha #motogp 1'33.991
6 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1'34.011
7 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac #racing 1'34.065
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'34.087
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'34.163
10 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac #racing 1'34.172
11 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol #honda Team 1'34.206
12 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia #racing 1'34.404
13 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR #honda 1'34.480
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'34.531
15 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar #motogp Team 1'34.789
16 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1'35.008
17 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia #racing Team Gresini 1'35.056
18 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar #motogp Team 1'35.125
19 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1'35.220
20 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia #racing Team Gresini 1'35.284
21 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1'36.582
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