Iker Lecuona continues steps forward as Marc Marquez battles through limitations on reserved Dutch GP Saturday.
Complications continued for Marc Marquez on Saturday as he saved himself for the key moments of the day. The eight-time World Champion had already identified Q1 as the first critical point of the day and prepared to go all out in the second half of the session. His chances of a transfer spot would be dashed when he and Enea Bastianini made contact in the final minutes of the session. Unharmed in the fall, Marquez lined up in 17th for the Sprint race.
A strong start to the shorter race quickly saw the #93 make up positions and close in on the top ten in the opening laps. As the race went on, the pain from his cracked second rib limited Marquez’s ability to ride as he would have liked and he ultimately finished in 17th.
Iker Lecuona continued to make great forward progress across his second day in the Netherlands. Ending Friday with a best time of 1’33.720, the 23-year-old would make improvements of almost 0.7s come Qualifying. A 1’33.088 saw him take 22nd on the grid, ahead of Jonas Folger and under a tenth from HRC Test Rider Stefan Bradl. Lecuona and team were pleased with the improvements made as they lined up for the 13-lap Sprint race.
Consistent laps from the start saw the Team HRC WorldSBK regular immediately move clear of Folger and hold his own to the end of the race. Earning 20th at the line, Lecuona is buoyed by the progress made and is eager for another run on Sunday.
Dutch GP - Sprint Race
|1||Bezzecchi Marco||72||ITA||12||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||20'09.1740|
|2||Bagnaia Francesco||1||ITA||9||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.294|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||7||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.872|
|4||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||2.245|
|5||Binder Brad||33||RSA||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||4.582|
|6||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||4||Pramac Racing||Ducati||5.036|
|7||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||3||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||5.876|
|8||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||2||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||10.102|
|9||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||1||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||10.525|
|10||Marini Luca||10||ITA||0||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||10.556|
|11||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||11.191|
|12||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||11.473|
|13||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||15.439|
|14||Fernandez Augusto||37||SPA||0||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||17.754|
|15||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||19.508|
|16||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||19.664|
|17||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||19.916|
|18||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||0||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||20.583|
|19||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||24.269|
|20||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||24.727|
|21||Folger Jonas||94||GER||0||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||32.056|
|22||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||LCR Honda||Honda||35.372|
|23||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||DNF||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||DNF|
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)|