There were mixed feelings for the Repsol Honda men on a cloudy-but-dry opening day of the Dutch TT in Assen, with Marc Marquez finishing in a close third position, while Dani Pedrosa ended up 11th.
In the morning, each of the teammates spent the whole session on just one set of tyres, aiming to find the best setting choices for his bike. Marc managed to sort out a few solutions that helped in the afternoon, when he was able to constantly lap at the front; he set a very good pace from the beginning and ultimately closed the day just over one tenth from the top.
Dani struggled to find his pace at the beginning of FP2, and although he managed to complete a more positive last run in the end and to reduce his gap to the front to just 0.615s, he wasn’t able to improve as much as he had hoped.
|1||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'33.591|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'33.595|
|3||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'33.724|
|4||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'33.892|
|5||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'33.991|
|6||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'34.011|
|7||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1'34.065|
|8||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'34.087|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'34.163|
|10||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1'34.172|
|11||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'34.206|
|12||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'34.404|
|13||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1'34.480|
|14||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'34.531|
|15||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar Team||Ducati||1'34.789|
|16||Miller Jack||43||AUS||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'35.008|
|17||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'35.056|
|18||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Aspar Team||Ducati||1'35.125|
|19||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'35.220|
|20||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'35.284|
|21||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'36.582|
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)|