In-Form Espargaro Leads Iannone At Assen

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Pol Espargaro continued his sensational form from Silverstone continued as the Spaniard topped both Thursday practice sessions at Assen. The Pons 40 HP Tuenti rider was closely followed by Andrea Iannone in both sessions with the top two in a class all of their own.

Espargaro took the lead shortly after the halfway stage from Marc Marquez with a lap six tenths quicker than the championship leader. He wouldn't be beaten from that point on although Iannone did reduce his advantage late on with a 1:38.568, just over a tenth behind. Dominique Aegerter was an impressive third with Marquez demoted to fourth by the Swiss rider.

The major flashpoint in the session came with 17 minutes to go when Scott Redding and Toni Elias came together at Mandeveen. The British rider was on a flying lap when he caught the Aspar Suter in the middle of the right-hander, travelling slower than the Kalex. Redding lost control before his knee collided with the bike ahead, sending them both into the gravel with Scott appearing to be injured as he lay in the dirt. Thankfully, he was eventually able to limp away before returning to the garage.

Elias was fourth at the time of the accident but dropped back to seventh as Johann Zarco and Claudio Corti having gone quicker, the latter recovering from a fall in first practice. Behind Elias, Simone Corsi was eighth fastest ahead of Redding while Alex De Angelis took tenth on Forward Racing's first day with FTR machinery, although he was another man to explore the scenery.

Bradley Smith was next up in eleventh on the improving Tech 3 Mistral, three places ahead of title frontrunner Thomas Luthi with compatriot Gino Rea finishing the day in 23rd.


Moto2 Iveco TT Assen: Combined Thursday Practice Times

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti 1:38.421
2  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +0.147
3  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +0.451
4  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.642
5  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.709
6  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +0.727
7  Toni Elias Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +0.739
8  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +0.761
9  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.811
10  Alex De Angelis FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.897
11  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.941
12  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.952
13  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.003
14  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +1.035
15  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.065
16  Max Neukirchner Kalex Kiefer Racing +1.072
17  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 +1.133
18  Roberto Rolfo Suter Technomag-CIP +1.283
19  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.403
20  Mike Di Meglio Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +1.585
21  Anthony West Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +1.663
22  Randy Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland +1.686
23  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +1.778
24  Julian Simon FTR Blusens Avintia +1.838
25  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +2.038
26  Yuki Takahashi FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +2.109
27  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +2.185
28  Ricard Cardus AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +2.456
29  Alexander Lundh MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +2.572
30  Damian Cudlin Bimota Desguaces La Torre SAG +3.150
31  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +3.785
32  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2 +4.863
33  Elena Rosell Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +4.939


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