After yesterday’s unfamiliar dry conditions in Assen, today the unpredictable Dutch weather arrived. Fortunately both Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, recorded a time yesterday to promote them into this afternoon’s Q2 as this morning’s FP3 session the track wasn’t fully wet – or dry – and neither Marc or Dani set a flying lap.
The weather improved slightly for FP4 and Marc set the fastest ever lap here on two wheels with a time of 1’33.462 (lap 12/15). However, the elements soon rolled in and just as the riders exited pitlane for the start of Q2, the rain arrived. In an intense first five minutes – of the fifteen minute session – all twelve riders in the shootout competed for the best line, anxious to record a fast time before the track became too wet.
Marc and Dani attacked immediately, passing several riders, and set times fast enough to place them second and third on the grid. All riders returned to the garages but as the track became wetter, the qualifying was decided. Most riders then utilised the final seven minutes to get a feeling for their bike in the wet, incase tomorrow’s twenty-six lap race serves more of the same.
|1||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'38.789|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'40.194|
|3||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'40.732|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'40.786|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'40.796|
|6||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'40.818|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||04||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'41.140|
|8||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||1'41.982|
|9||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'42.259|
|10||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||1'42.884|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'43.085|
|12||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'43.625|
|13||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||AB Motoracing||Honda||1'34.907|
|14||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||Aspar Team||Honda||1'34.930|
|15||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'35.056|
|16||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||1'35.059|
|17||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo IodaRacing Team||ART||1'35.346|
|18||Edwards Colin||5||USA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'35.484|
|19||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1'35.513|
|20||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'35.631|
|21||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1'35.731|
|23||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||1'35.980|
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 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|