A complicated end to the afternoon left Joan Mir and Luca Marini languishing down the time sheets, both confident Saturday will see a change in fortunes.

Friday morning in Assen saw a welcome return to MotoGP activity for the Repsol Honda Team as Joan Mir and Luca Marini were back on track for the first time since the Mugello Test. Both Repsol Honda Team riders were eager to be reunited with the respective Honda RC213V machines and went about making the most of the morning session, amongst the first riders out.

Mir was able to walk away unharmed from a crash at Turn 8 in the afternoon session, but he immediately returned to track for the final minutes in an attempt to improve his time. Unfortunately, a different setup and several yellow flags saw him maintain his best lap time of 1’33.355 – an improvement of almost a full second over the morning session.

Starting Friday ahead of his teammate, Luca Marini was hoping for more in the afternoon as he and his side of the garage focused in on improving the performance with their current package. Marini’s best time of 1’33.561 had him two tenths back from his teammate, but the Italian is hungry to close the gap to the rest of the field.

Work will continue on Saturday with more practice, Qualifying and the Sprint Race.

Joan Mir

22nd 1'33.355

“The crash today upset our plan a bit, I was unharmed, but the second bike was not setup like the first, so it was very difficult to push for a lap at the end. I had just put in a new tyre to push for a time in the top ten when I fell. We did a lot of work in the morning which was good and were able to make more steps in the afternoon before the fall. Tomorrow there’s work to do if we want to achieve our full potential but everyone is pushing together.”

Luca Marini

23rd 1'33.561

“Today we worked on taking the maximum out of our package, looking to improve with adjustments. I was aiming for more because the gap is a bit big, but everyone here is very fast this weekend. We need to make a step tomorrow and the team have already begun working so I am sure we can do it. Our feeling is good, we just need more performance. We are making progress, as are the others, so we have to look for a big step.”

MotoGP 2024
Practice Round 8   Assen

Dutch TT - Friday Practice

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'31.340
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.065
3 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.320
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.472
5 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.489
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.511
7 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.526
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.530
9 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.569
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.673
11 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.714
12 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.828
13 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.833
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.863
15 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.904
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 1.148
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.390
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.766
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.787
20 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Test Team Aprilia 1.966
21 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 2.004
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.015
23 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.221
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

TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps



Pole Position 1m 30.540s (180.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 31.866s (177.9km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2024)
Race Time 40m 07.214s (176.6km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2024)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2024 Sprint Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)