Espargaro Brothers Impress On Thursday At Assen


Aleix and Pol Espargaro ensured top spot stayed in the family on Thursday by topping a practice session each on the opening day at Assen. The siblings shone in dry conditions in the Netherlands, something we may not see much more of this weekend, with Aleix going on to top the combined classification.

Pol was the man to beat in a morning session dominated by the Yamahas but he slipped to eighth in the afternoon as his older brother took over, Aleix breaking the circuit record to outpace Marc Marquez. The Forward Racing rider is targeting a top three result in qualifying on Friday and thinks the advantage provided by the open-class soft tyre could carry over to race day.

“I love Assen and I didn’t expect to be so fast from the first day. It’s a great satisfaction to sign the new Circuit Best Lap, especially on this legendary track. I’m confident as we have a good rhythm with both soft and hard tyres and tomorrow we will keep on working with the soft tyre, that can be an option here for the race. Our target is to finish tomorrow on front row. We arrive after a very positive race in Barcelona and we want to continue in this direction”.

After Yamaha’s impressive start, Repsol Honda began to assert their authority in FP2 with Marquez taking second ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo showed his usual consistency over longer runs with an eye on Saturday, setting the fourth fastest time along the way, while Andrea Iannone led the Ducati challenge in fifth.

Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi set identical times to end the day sixth and seventh respectively ahead of Espargaro the younger while Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso complete the top ten, giving them an automatic spot in Q2 if the rain arrives in FP3.  Alvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow are the two factory riders exposed to the elements in final practice, sitting outside the top ten as things stand, and the Ducati rider was even outpaced by compatriot Scott Redding today after an excellent run on the production Honda.

 

 2014 IVECO DAILY TT ASSEN – COMBINED FREE PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME  SESSION
1  41. ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:33.653 FP2
2  93. MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:33.864 FP2
3  26. DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:34.069 FP2
4  99. JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:34.148 FP2
5  29. ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:34.277 FP2
6  38. BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:34.286 FP2
7  46. VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:34.286 FP2
8  44. POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:34.408 FP2
9  6. STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:34.457 FP2
10  4. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:34.460 FP2
11  19. ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:34.466 FP2
12  45. SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:35.445 FP2
13  35. CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:35.469 FP2
14  68. YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:35.537 FP2
15  5. COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:35.590 FP2
16  7. HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:35.787 FP2
17  69. NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:35.891 FP2
18  17. KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:35.925 FP2
19  23. BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:36.046 FP2
20  8. HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:36.270 FP2
21  70. MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:36.280 FP2
22  9. DANILO PETRUCCI ART OCTO IODARACING TEAM 1:36.657 FP2
23  63. MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:36.724 FP2