Assen MotoGP: Valentino Rossi leads Marc Marquez in first practice

Valentino Rossi set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session at Assen

Assen MotoGP: Valentino Rossi leads Marc Marquez in first practice

Valentino Rossi set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session at Assen.

The Yamaha rider was quiet for much of the 45-minute session as Honda's Dani Pedrosa led the way with a time set inside the first quarter of an hour.

Marc Marquez began the session by crashing on his outlap on cold tyres, but he was able to get back on his Honda and return to the pits.

He later displaced team-mate Pedrosa at the top of the times inside the final five minutes, but was forced to settle for second after three consecutive fastest laps from Rossi, who ended up nearly two tenths of a second clear.

Pedrosa improved his time late on but he remained third ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Pol Espargaro beat Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith to fifth place, with the Suzuki duo of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro behind that.

Andrea Dovizioso was the best of the Ducati entries in ninth ahead of Pramac rider Danilo Petrucci. Andrea Iannone was 13th behind LCR's Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.357s -
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m34.552s 0.195s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m34.570s 0.213s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m34.772s 0.415s
5 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m34.927s 0.570s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m35.042s 0.685s
7 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m35.050s 0.693s
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m35.175s 0.818s
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m35.223s 0.866s
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m35.271s 0.914s
11 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m35.348s 0.991s
12 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m35.393s 1.036s
13 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m35.400s 1.043s
14 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m35.486s 1.129s
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m35.924s 1.567s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m35.965s 1.608s
17 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m36.158s 1.801s
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m36.223s 1.866s
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m36.233s 1.876s
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m36.250s 1.893s
21 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m36.423s 2.066s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m36.619s 2.262s
23 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m37.486s 3.129s
24 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m37.933s 3.576s


shares
comments
Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to try revised MotoGP bikes

Previous article

Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to try revised MotoGP bikes

Next article

MotoGP Assen: Valentino Rossi beats Jorge Lorenzo in GP3

MotoGP Assen: Valentino Rossi beats Jorge Lorenzo in GP3
Load comments
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Plus

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Plus

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the circuit's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge Plus

How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge

The 2020 MotoGP season was an utterly enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if thought it the world championship was a poorer place without its biggest star Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021
The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP Plus

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The headlines after MotoGP's Austrian GP were naturally dominated by Brad Binder's heroics on slicks in the rain. But although seventh was, on the face of it, a fairly average result in the context of his season, that Fabio Quartararo was in contention for victory before the rain at Yamaha's worst venue should sound alarm bells for his rivals

MotoGP
Aug 17, 2021
Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem Plus

Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem

The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

MotoGP
Aug 16, 2021
The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022 Plus

The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022

The final pieces of the 2022 rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT faces several obstacles in replacing the retiring Valentino Rossi and Yamaha factory-bound Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while it’s other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team

MotoGP
Aug 10, 2021