Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa set the third- and 10th-fastest lap times during the cloudy yet almost totally dry opening day of the Dutch TT.

With weather forecasts showing a high chance of rain for tomorrow, Marc and Dani tried several Michelin tyres and worked on their bike setup before going into “time attack” mode in FP2, securing top-10 spots that could put them straight into Q2 if rain actually does disrupt the proceedings.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'33.782

“With the wind, conditions were quite tricky today, but ultimately I’m happy enough with how it went. This morning we worked a bit more for the race pace, while in the afternoon, when a few drops started to fall, we almost immediately went for a time attack. In the end we did quite a good session, but our rivals are still a bit ahead of us. Anyway, I think we’re working in the right direction with the bike setup, and we just have to continue in this way, looking to improve the bike stability and rear grip above all. We have some margin and we’ll do our best to be faster.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th 1'34.148

“Today we tried different tyres and not much else. We actually had a setup for this track that we planned to test, but with the weather so changeable and the forecast not good for tomorrow, the main goal became to try and be fast and secure a placing in the top 10. We were able to achieve that, improving a bit lap by lap, though not as much as we would have liked. Anyway, if it actually does rain tomorrow, we just have to focus on getting a good feeling in the wet and get ready for qualifying, no matter what conditions we’ll have in the afternoon.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 8   Assen

Results Session

Cloudy
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
31°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'33.130
2 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.367
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.652
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.660
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.698
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.700
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.760
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.856
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.973
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.018
11 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.169
12 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.207
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.361
14 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1.393
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.466
16 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.475
17 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.487
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.629
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.793
20 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.909
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.055
22 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.243
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.204
Location Information

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
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 12
Longest straight 0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles
Constructed 1955
Modified 2012

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Records

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)
2017 Race Winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)