Assen MotoGP: Maverick Vinales dodges rain to set practice pace

MotoGP points leader Maverick Vinales led the way in second practice for the Dutch TT at Assen, leading Jonas Folger by over three tenths in a Yamaha one-two

Assen MotoGP: Maverick Vinales dodges rain to set practice pace

Anticipating rain, the entire grid headed out of the pits immediately when the session began in a bid to set a quick time and bank a place in the top 10, Danilo Petrucci's morning benchmark of 1m34.680s being beaten almost immediately.

Vinales was first to go under Petrucci's time with a 1m34.581s in the opening stages, although this was soon bettered by Folger, who posted a 1m33.898s on the Tech3 Yamaha.

A brief rain shower kept Folger on top of the times for much of the mid-part of the session, but with 15 minutes remaining the track was in good enough shape for riders to go out in search of further improvements.

Vinales retook the top spot on a 1m33.821s, which held until the closing moments as Marc Marquez improved to a 1m33.782s on his Honda.

But the championship leader quickly responded, setting a 1m33.696s to move back to the top and then bettering that with a 1m33.130, a full six tenths of a second quicker than Marquez.

Folger was able to get back to second with a 1m33.497s to end the session 0.367s behind factory rider Vinales.

Marquez stayed third, 0.008s up on the best of the Ducatis - Andrea Dovizioso in fourth.

Cal Crutchlow was fifth for LCR Honda, 0.698s off the pace, putting further miles a new type of aerodynamic fairing that he had trialled during the morning session. He survived a major off-track moment as the rain arrived.

Valentino Rossi ended up sixth, exactly seven tenths slower than Yamaha team-mate Vinales, ahead of Petrucci's Pramac Ducati in seventh and Zarco.

Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati) and the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa completed the top 10, provisionally holding the final automatic Q2 spots with further rain expected to hit Assen on Saturday.

Missing the top 10 were cut were Jorge Lorenzo, who was 1.393s off the pace and only 14th on the second of the factory Ducatis, and Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, who had his session interrupted by a bike problem.

Sam Lowes was the session's only crasher, the Aprilia rider going down at the fast Turn 10 right-hander on his way to the 20th best time for Aprilia.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m33.130s - 20
2 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m33.497s 0.367s 16
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m33.782s 0.652s 21
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m33.790s 0.660s 17
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m33.828s 0.698s 18
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m33.830s 0.700s 19
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m33.890s 0.760s 18
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m33.986s 0.856s 21
9 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m34.103s 0.973s 20
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m34.148s 1.018s 20
11 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m34.299s 1.169s 18
12 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m34.337s 1.207s 19
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m34.491s 1.361s 13
14 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m34.523s 1.393s 19
15 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m34.596s 1.466s 17
16 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m34.605s 1.475s 19
17 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m34.617s 1.487s 16
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m34.759s 1.629s 18
19 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m34.923s 1.793s 18
20 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m35.039s 1.909s 14
21 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m35.185s 2.055s 20
22 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m35.373s 2.243s 18
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1m36.334s 3.204s 19

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