Romano Fenati has become the latest fan of the high-speed Assen circuit after getting his first taste of the 'Cathedral' on Thursday. The Italian, currently fourth in the Moto3 World Championship, was tenth quickest this afternoon and admitted he wasn't quite getting the best out of his FTR-Honda in the fast bends, something he is hopeful of changing tomorrow.

“The first outing in Assen was quite positive. I love the track, and in the morning I focused on learning the trajectories while in the afternoon on race pace. We still struggle in fast corners, but I’m working with the crew on the setup to solve it. I can surely improve tomorrow.”

Team Italia FMI teammate Alessandro Tonucci also enjoyed the Assen experience but he didn't get as much track time as Fenati after a technical problem, limiting him laps and 25th overall.

“We worked on the setup throughout the day, but in the afternoon I couldn’t finish the session because of a problem with a sensor. I enjoy the track and I’m confident about tomorrow.”

Although the positions weren't ideal, Technical Coordinator Roberto Locatelli was pleased with his riders' performance and looks forward to seeing them secure a strong grid position.

“The team and the riders worked well today. We can be strong this weekend. Tonucci is determined, and Fenati is improving each day. Tomorrow’s qualifying will tell us where we stand compared to our opponents.”