Iannone Edges Out Rossi on Friday at Assen

Andrea Iannone made the perfect start to a tough weekend by setting the pace in both Friday practice sessions at Assen. The Italian will start the Dutch TT, held for the first time in MotoGP on a Sunday this weekend, from the back of the grid after his controversial collision with Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona but the Italian didn’t put a wheel wrong today.

Iannone led a Ducati-dominated morning session with four Desmosedici machines of various specifications filling the top five places but Marc Marquez, who hadn’t even broken into the top ten in FP1, made a bright start to the afternoon session by immediately beating Iannone’s benchmark.

With Saturday morning’s final practice session looking likely to be affected by rain, most of the field switched their attention to qualifying simulations late on in an attempt to secure a spot in Q2. Marquez was the first to up the pace, clocking a 1:33.724 to open up a half-second lead over the field. Valentino Rossi responded by usurping the championship leader two minutes from time but Iannone would have the final word, pipping his compatriot by four thousandths of a second.

Marquez held onto third despite a flurry of late improvements which saw Maverick Vinales climb to fourth ahead of Jorge Lorenzo while Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci emphasised the strength of the Ducatis around Assen, taking sixth and seventh respectively.

Aleix Espargaro was eighth fastest, just ahead of younger brother Pol, with Scott Redding claiming the final top ten spot at the expense of Dani Pedrosa. Should FP3 prove to be a washout, the Spaniard will be joined in Q1 by British pair Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, the former suffering a crash on his quickest lap this afternoon.


2016 Motul TT Assen (Free Practice Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
129. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:33.591
246. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:33.595
393. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:33.724
425. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:33.892
599. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:33.991
64. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:34.011
79. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:34.065
841. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:34.087
944. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:34.163
1045. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:34.172
1126. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:34.206
128. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:34.404
1335. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:34.480
1438. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:34.531
1550. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:34.789
1643. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:35.008
176. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:35.056
1868. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:35.125
1951. Michele PIRRODucatiAvintia Racing1:35.220
2019. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:35.284
2153. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:36.582