Bradl Quickest in Crash Strewn First Practice

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Stefan Bradl showed his ability in wet conditions again by going quickest in first practice for this weekend's TT Assen as countless riders came unstuck in the miserable conditions.

Rain began to fall at the end of the first 125cc practice session, continuing through the MotoGP session and leaving the Moto2 class with conditions reminiscent of those facing them at Silverstone two weeks ago.

Bradl dominated on that day and was in a similarly unforgiving mood this morning, setting a 1:54.435, giving him a quarter of a second in his pocket over Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turkish rider took advantage of a clearer track as many of the front runners pitted to go second fastest, the only other man in the 1:54s.

Simone Corsi, Bradl's nearest threat in the championship standings, was over six tenths behind in third ahead of Yuki Takahashi in fourth. Andrea Iannone was one of the riders to be caught out by the wet track but was still quick enough for fifth, with Thomas Luthi sixth and Mika Kallio seventh.

British manufacturer FTR had a particularly strong morning session with three more riders joining Simone Corsi in the top ten. Ratthapark Wilairot was eighth quickest for the Thai Honda Singha SAG team, Pol Espargaro was ninth despite apparently injuring himself in a fall, and Kenny Noyes produced one of his strongest performances of the season to finish tenth.

Bradley Smith didn't enjoy the same level of success as two weeks at Silverstone. The Briton had an off-track moment of his own before improving late on to go 22nd. Kev Coghlan ran as high as fourth early on before ending up in 26th, while Scott Redding finished 31st.

Elena Rosell had a difficult baptism as she began her first ever Grand Prix weekend, suffering two accidents in the tricky conditions. Conditions were so tough though that race control called an early end to proceedings after the second Mapfre Aspar bike of Javier Fores crashed with four minutes to go, along with QMMF Racing's Ricard Cardus.

Free Practice 1 Result:

Pos Rider Nat Team Lap Time Gap
1 Stefan Bradl GER Viessman Kiefer Racing 1:54.435
2 Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Technomag-CIP 1:54.715 +0.280
3 Simone Corsi ITA Ioda Racing Project 1:55.058 +0.623
4 Yuki Takahashi JAP Gresini Racing Moto2 1:55.268 +0.833
5 Andrea Iannone ITA Speed Master 1:55.424 +0.989
6 Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 1:55.436 +1.001
7 Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team 1:56.145 +1.710
8 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Thai Honda Singha SAG 1:56.297 +1.862
9 Pol Espargaro SPA HP Tuenti Speed Up 1:56.480 +2.045
10 Kenny Noyes USA Avintia-STX 1:56.585 +2.150
11 Yonny Hernandez COL Blusens-STX 1:56.657 +2.222
12 Alex de Angelis RSM JIR Moto2 1:56.845 +2.410
13 Mike Di Meglio FRA Tech 3 Racing 1:56.915 +2.480
14 Michele Pirro ITA Gresini Racing Moto2 1:57.112 +2.677
15 Ricard Cardus SPA QMMF Racing Team 1:57.137 +2.702
16 Claudio Corti ITA Italtrans Racing Team 1:57.141 +2.706
17 Jules Cluzel FRA Forward Racing 1:57.241 +2.806
18 Max Neukirchner GER MZ Racing Team 1:57.414 +2.979
19 Esteve Rabat SPA Blusens-STX 1:57.442 +3.007
20 Javier Fores SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:57.468 +3.033
21 Marc Marquez SPA Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol 1:57.629 +3.194
22 Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Racing 1:57.712 +3.277
23 Aleix Espargaro SPA Pons HP 40 1:58.060 +3.625
24 Randy Krummenacher SWI GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing 1:58.415 +3.980
25 Anthony West AUS MZ Racing Team 1:58.471 +4.036
26 Kev Coghlan GBR Aeroport de Castello 1:58.550 +4.115
27 Axel Pons SPA Pons HP 40 1:58.648 +4.213
28 Mattia Pasini ITA Ioda Racing Project 1:58.717 +4.282
29 Alex Baldolini ITA Forward Racing 1:58.751 +4.316
30 Valentin Debise FRA Speed Up 1:58.862 +4.427
31 Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team 1:59.016 +4.581
32 Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag-CIP 1:59.253 +4.818
33 Michael van der Mark NED EAB Racing 1:59.363 +4.928
34 Robertino Pietri VEN Italtrans Racing Team 2:00.102 +5.667
35 Xavier Simeon BEL Tech 3 B 2:00.922 +6.487
36 Carmelo Morales SPA Desguaces La Torre G22 2:01.339 +6.904
37 Mashel Al Naimi QAT QMMF Racing Team 2:01.616 +7.181
38 Santiago Hernandez COL SAG Team 2:02.331 +7.896
Provisional 107% Time: 2:02.446
NC Elena Rosell SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 2:05.708 +11.273
NC Steven Odendaal RSA MS Racing 2:07.422 +12.987


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