Marquez and Pedrosa start preparation for the Dutch TT at sunny Assen
Sunny weather (somewhat unusual but universally praised) welcomed the MotoGP field on the opening day of the Dutch TT at Assen, and with a favourable forecast continuing for the rest of the weekend, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa started their preparation for Sunday, working on the RC213V’s race setup.
After setting the fastest time in the morning, Marc continued his work on used tyres and wrapped up the day eighth fastest, just over 6 tenths off the top. In the afternoon, Dani improved his pace from FP1 and ended 11th fastest for the day, 0.126” behind his teammate.
“All in all, the day was quite good because here in Assen we normally struggle, whereas today I felt good with the bike from the beginning and was able to keep a good rhythm. The bike was a bit unstable, but we improved that with the setup. In the afternoon, we worked a lot for the race, on hard tyres. It looks like everything is going in the correct direction, but at the same time it seems that everything is very tight this weekend. The weather is good, so everyone can prepare well for the race. Choosing the right tyres will be important, especially the rear. We have two very similar options, and that can lead to an advantage or a mistake. We have to choose well.”
“As always, things are a bit difficult at this track, but some runs were better that others. Something we need to focus on is our performance with the soft tyre. Today we weren’t able to improve when we fitted it. Another area we need to address is the T4 sector of the track, where we want to perform better and be faster. For the rest, we’re getting on the rhythm and hopefully we’ll be able to exploit the good weather and take a step tomorrow.”
Free Practice Classification
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)|
|2022 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|