Maverick Vinales left it late before pulling out a sizeable lead over the Moto3 field in Thursday practice for the Dutch TT at Assen. The championship leader has won each of the last two races from pole position and his performance this afternoon indicates a hat-trick may be on the cards.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo squad claimed a 1-2 in first practice with Sandro Cortese leading Danny Kent but the early pace in FP2 was set by Brad Binder, riding for the Dutch-owned RW Racing GP squad. Jakub Kornfeil was the first man into the 1:45s with 25 minutes to go before French rookie Alan Techer outpaced him on the Technomag TSR.

Techer held on until the final five minutes when Miguel Oliveira went fastest, only for the Portuguese to be immediately beaten by Niklas Ajo. Ajo's time on top was equally short lived as Vinales followed him over the line with the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:45.007. That seemed impressive enough but two laps later, the Avintia Blusens rider raised the bar significantly with a 1:44.312, way quicker than anyone else.

His lead threatened to be a full second but Oliveira cut it to 0.737s in the closing stages, demoting Niklas Ajo to third. Morning pacesetter Sandro Cortese was fourth after only finding a tenth from the opening session with Luis Salom pipping Alan Techer and Jakub Kornfeil for fifth.

Danny Kent was next up in eighth ahead of Alex Rins and Romano Fenati while Binder's early effort was the fastest he could go, causing him to fall to seventeenth. Danny Webb was 21st for Mahindra but the Indian team, yet again, failed to complete a trouble-free day with Marcel Schrotter unable to complete a single lap in FP2.

 

Moto3 Iveco TT Assen: Combined Thursday Practice Times

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia 1:44.312

2

 Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.737

3

 Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +0.987

4

 Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.994

5

 Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.168

6

 Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +1.192

7

 Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.213

8

 Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.329

9

 Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.404

10

 Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.421

11

 Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.485

12

 Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +1.579

13

 Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.613

14

 Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +1.626

15

 Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.647

16

 Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.659

17

 Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +1.814

18

 Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +1.887

19

 Julian Miralles (WC) Honda MIR Racing +2.080

20

 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2.248

21

 Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.381

22

 Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +2.432

23

 Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +2.463

24

 Isaac Viñales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +2.544

25

 Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +2.639

26

 Marcel Schrotter Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.761

27

 Simone Grotzkyj Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.088

28

 Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.090

29

 Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +3.106

30

 Toni Finsterbusch Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +3.289

31

 Bryan Schouten (WC) Honda Dutch Racing Team +3.333

32

 Ivan Moreno FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.721

33

 Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +3.742

34

 Jonas Folger Ioda IodaRacing Project +4.196

35

 Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +4.204