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


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