Assen MotoGP: Maverick Vinales tops Friday practice for Yamaha

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales set the pace in the Friday afternoon MotoGP practice session at Assen, followed by Italian trio Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi

Assen MotoGP: Maverick Vinales tops Friday practice for Yamaha

It took Marc Marquez five minutes to beat his own morning benchmark with a 1m34.041s, which gave him a 1.2-second advantage over the field at the time.

But he didn't improve for the rest of his first run as he had several moments with his bike, including once running wide and on the gravel at the exit of the fast Turn 7 left-hander.

Andrea Dovizioso was the first rider to get close to Marquez with a 1m34.231s and the top two remained unchanged for the first half of the session.

Dovizioso was then next to improve again, the Italian narrowly outpacing Marquez, with Suzuki's Alex Rins soon moving up into third and the top three separated by only 0.008s at that stage.

As qualifying runs on new soft rear tyres at the end of the session began, Vinales demoted Dovizioso with a 1m33.547s.

Vinales improved again to end the day on top with a 1m33.378s, with Suzuki's Iannone taking second - 0.121s off the pace.

Petrucci was third, the Pramac Ducati rider narrowly beating Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow was the top Honda rider in fifth, as Marquez stayed on used hard rubber, and dropped down to eighth, also behind works Ducati duo Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

Rins was ninth ahead of Johann Zarco, who had a crash at the De Bult left-hander.

With everyone but Franco Morbidelli improving on their practice one times, the afternoon top 10 are the 10 riders currently set to go straight into Q2.

Zarco beat Dani Pedrosa to 10th by 0.034s, followed by the Frenchman's Tech3 Yamaha team-mate Hafizh Syahrin and top Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro.

KTM duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro were 18th and 19th respectively, the former having a bike problem and the latter crashing early in the session.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.378s - 24
2 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.499s 0.121s 22
3 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m33.764s 0.386s 21
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.779s 0.401s 21
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m33.812s 0.434s 20
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m33.859s 0.481s 20
7 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m33.870s 0.492s 17
8 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m34.041s 0.663s 22
9 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m34.047s 0.669s 21
10 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.133s 0.755s 18
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m34.167s 0.789s 21
12 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.246s 0.868s 21
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.318s 0.940s 21
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m34.484s 1.106s 22
15 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m34.522s 1.144s 20
16 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.535s 1.157s 18
17 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.576s 1.198s 22
18 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m34.700s 1.322s 17
19 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m34.822s 1.444s 17
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m34.855s 1.477s 23
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.970s 1.592s 19
22 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m35.287s 1.909s 18
23 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m36.129s 2.751s 21
24 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m36.157s 2.779s 17

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