Lone wolf Stefan Bradl was able to make steady steps forward as he and the Repsol Honda Team worked to improve the RC213V. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro was forced to withdraw from the race.
Saturday in Assen would prove to be a day of progress for Stefan Bradl. Struggling to get into the 1’33s in the morning, a big effort by the Repsol Honda Team mechanics changed Bradl’s pair of RC213Vs for the afternoon sessions. The one lap improvements were clear to see as Bradl dropped his best lap time from a 1’34.180 in FP3 to a 1’33.029 in Q1 – one of the biggest improvements of the day. The time will see the #6 line up on the sixth row of the grid, ahead of the factory Yamaha of Franco Morbidelli. Bradl is confident that with a strong start he can be in the mix throughout the 26-lap race.
Just ahead of Free Practice 3, Pol Espargaro and thee Repsol Honda Team announced his withdrawal from the event due to injuries sustained at the Sachsenring. Espargaro will now return home to immediately begin further treatment ahead of the British Grand Prix, the scene of his first pole position with Honda.
Takaaki Nakagami qualified as the top Honda in 12th position.
TT Assen - Qualifying Results
|1||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'31.504|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.116|
|3||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.204|
|4||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.292|
|5||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.364|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.620|
|7||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.671|
|8||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.768|
|9||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.803|
|10||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.863|
|11||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.920|
|12||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.463|
|13||Marini Luca||10||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.302 Q1|
|14||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.413|
|15||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.427|
|16||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.520|
|17||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||0.524|
|18||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||HRC Test Team||Honda||0.544|
|20||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.611|
|21||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||0.628|
|22||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||0.982|
|24||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1.513|
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in… read more.
|Length||4.542 kilometres / 2.822 miles|
|Longest straight||0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles|
TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 31.504s (178.6km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 32.500s (176.7km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2022)|
|Race Time||40m 25.205s (175.2km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2023 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati)|