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MotoGP: TT Assen Free Practice Timesheets

MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo started at Assen as he left off at Silverstone, by topping the timesheet during today’s opening free practice session at the historic Circuit van Drenthe.

The current championship leader quickly got to grips with the changes made to the Ramshoek corner since he finished second in the race here two years ago, to set a time of 1’35.169s and lead the session from Ducati’s Casey Stoner.

Stoner, still searching for his first podium of the season, got his Assen weekend off to a solid start by posting a time just 11-thousandths of a second outside that of Lorenzo to claim second place on the timesheet.

A further half-second back was the Australian’s teammate Nicky Hayden. The American ran off the track without incident towards the end of the hour-long session, but was still fast enough to claim third place aboard the second Ducati Desmosedici.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was next up in the order, just 0.013s off the time set by fellow countryman Hayden, while the two Repsol Hondas of Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa were separated by just five-hundredths of a second, with the Italian coming out on top this time around.

Aleix Espargaró continues to improve, with the Pramac Ducati rider finishing today’s opening free practice session seventh fastest, despite a brief off track excursion. Ben Spies also took a trip off track on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, but completed the highest number of laps of the session with 29 to finish in eighth position. Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri completed the top ten on their San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V machines.

Riding in place of the injured Hiroshi Aoyama for the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team, Kousuke Akiyoshi was 16th fastest, 6.163s off Lorenzo’s time.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge

LORENZO

SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 290.6 1’35.169
2 27 Casey

STONER

AUS Ducati Team Ducati 297.3 1’35.180 0.011 / 0.011
3 69 Nicky

HAYDEN

USA Ducati Team Ducati 297.9 1’35.686 0.517 / 0.506
4 5 Colin

EDWARDS

USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 283.9 1’35.699 0.530 / 0.013
5 4 Andrea

DOVIZIOSO

ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 290.5 1’35.868 0.699 / 0.169
6 26 Dani

PEDROSA

SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 292.0 1’35.922 0.753 / 0.054
7 41 Aleix

ESPARGARO

SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 299.7 1’35.927 0.758 / 0.005
8 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 296.1 1’35.942 0.773 /

0.015

9 58 Marco

SIMONCELLI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 278.1 1’36.002 0.833 / 0.060
10 33 Marco

MELANDRI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 302.1 1’36.269 1.100 / 0.267
11 14 Randy DE

PUNIET

FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 298.8 1’36.294 1.125 / 0.025
12 40 Hector

BARBERA

SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 283.6 1’36.735 1.566 / 0.441
13 65 Loris

CAPIROSSI

ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 281.8 1’36.786 1.617 / 0.051
14 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 297.1 1’37.261 2.092 /

0.475

15 19 Alvaro

BAUTISTA

SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 281.8 1’37.384 2.215 / 0.123
16 64 Kousuke

AKIYOSHI

JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 271.3 1’41.332 6.163 / 3.948

Moto2

Andrea Iannone, the winner of the Moto2 race at Mugello, led the way during this afternoon’s hour-long free practice session at Assen. The Italian rider staked his claim to the top spot early on in the proceedings, but was forced to improve his lap time throughout the session to counter the threat from a number of hard charging rivals.

Current championship leader, Toni Elias, was the only other rider to break into the 1’39s bracket as he secured second place on the timesheet, just two-tenths of a second behind Iannone and three-tenths of a second ahead of Rathapark Wilairot. Shoya Tomizawa who currently sits second in the overall standings, was fourth on his Technomag CIP Suter MMX machine.

Forward Racing rider Jules Cluzel, flying high after his first World Championship win last time out at Silverstone, was fifth, but ended the hour with a crash that he walked away from uninjured. Cluzel’s teammate, Claudio Corti, was just over a tenth off the Frenchman’s time in sixth.

Alex Debón, Karel Abraham, Gabor Talmacsi and Sergio Gadea rounded out the top ten in the Moto2 class.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea

IANNONE

ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 253.6 1’39.573
2 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 251.2 1’39.795 0.222 /

0.222

3 14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 248.8 1’40.172 0.599 / 0.377
4 48 Shoya

TOMIZAWA

JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 250.1 1’40.218 0.645 / 0.046
5 16 Jules

CLUZEL

FRA Forward Racing Suter 250.8 1’40.307 0.734 / 0.089
6 71 Claudio

CORTI

ITA Forward Racing Suter 248.3 1’40.421 0.848 / 0.114
7 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 252.6 1’40.538 0.965 /

0.117

8 17 Karel

ABRAHAM

CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 250.6 1’40.573 1.000 / 0.035
9 2 Gabor

TALMACSI

HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 251.6 1’40.574 1.001 / 0.001
10 40 Sergio

GADEA

SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 250.9 1’40.578 1.005 / 0.004
11 44 Roberto

ROLFO

ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 246.4 1’40.599 1.026 / 0.021
12 3 Simone

CORSI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.1 1’40.606 1.033 / 0.007
13 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 247.5 1’40.606 1.033
14 60 Julian

SIMON

SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 248.8 1’40.626 1.053 / 0.020
15 8 Anthony

WEST

AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 245.3 1’40.710 1.137 / 0.084
16 75 Mattia

PASINI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 253.5 1’40.850 1.277 / 0.140
17 63 Mike DI

MEGLIO

FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 252.7 1’40.854 1.281 / 0.004
18 77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 252.3 1’40.973 1.400 / 0.119
19 12 Thomas

LUTHI

SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 249.4 1’41.028 1.455 / 0.055
20 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 249.4 1’41.043 1.470 /

0.015

21 68 Yonny

HERNANDEZ

COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 248.6 1’41.069 1.496 / 0.026
22 65 Stefan

BRADL

GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 248.6 1’41.180 1.607 / 0.111
23 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 254.1 1’41.190 1.617 /

0.010

24 45 Scott

REDDING

GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 249.4 1’41.208 1.635 / 0.018
25 15 Alex DE

ANGELIS

RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 247.4 1’41.227 1.654 / 0.019
26 25 Alex

BALDOLINI

ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 247.9 1’41.239 1.666 / 0.012
27 41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 247.1 1’41.240 1.667 /

0.001

28 35 Raffaele

DE ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 248.4 1’41.286 1.713 / 0.046
29 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 244.9 1’41.411 1.838 / 0.125
30 55 Hector

FAUBEL

SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 250.2 1’41.581 2.008 / 0.170
31 19 Xavier

SIMEON

BEL Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 245.6 1’41.589 2.016 / 0.008
32 72 Yuki

TAKAHASHI

JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 251.7 1’41.673 2.100 / 0.084
33 59 Niccolo

CANEPA

ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 245.7 1’41.772 2.199 / 0.099
34 61 Vladimir

IVANOV

UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 248.3 1’41.776 2.203 / 0.004
35 53 Valentin

DEBISE

FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 246.2 1’41.823 2.250 / 0.047
36 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 249.8 1’42.456 2.883 / 0.633
37 39 Robertino

PIETRI

VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 249.0 1’42.607 3.034 / 0.151
38 21 Vladimir

LEONOV

RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 242.4 1’42.648 3.075 / 0.041
39 76 Bernat

MARTINEZ

SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 242.8 1’42.920 3.347 / 0.272
40 95 Mashel

AL NAIMI

QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 247.0 1’43.260 3.687 / 0.340

125cc GP

The 125cc riders got the TIM TT Assen underway on Thursday and it was Nico Terol who went fastest in the first practice session on the modified Dutch track. The Bancaja Aspar rider set a time of 1’43.208s as he laid down the challenge to his title rivals at round six of the 2010 campaign.

Marc Márquez, who this weekend is going for a third consecutive win, and current championship leader, Pol Espargaró, followed in second and third positions respectively, and were the final two riders to join Terol under the 1’44s barrier.

Bradley Smith, fresh off the back of his first podium of the season last weekend at Silverstone, was fourth fastest at just over eight-tenths off his team-mate’s time, while Sandro Cortese completed the top five in the hour-long session.

Esteve Rabat, Efrén Vázquez, and Randy Krummenacher were all inside the top ten, which was completed by Danny Webb and Johan Zarco.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

valignt">st/Prev.

1 40 Nicolas

TEROL

SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 215.1 1’43.208
2 93 Marc

MARQUEZ

SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 211.7 1’43.403 0.195 / 0.195
3 44 Pol

ESPARGARO

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 211.2 1’43.684 0.476 / 0.281
4 38 Bradley

SMITH

GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 213.6 1’44.037 0.829 / 0.353
5 11 Sandro

CORTESE

GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 208.8 1’44.224 1.016 / 0.187
6 12 Esteve

RABAT

SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 214.1 1’44.360 1.152 / 0.136
7 7 Efren

VAZQUEZ

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 213.0 1’44.713 1.505 / 0.353
8 35 Randy

KRUMMENACHER

SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 208.5 1’44.779 1.571 / 0.066
9 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 214.2 1’45.201 1.993 /

0.422

10 14 Johann

ZARCO

FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 213.2 1’45.244 2.036 / 0.043
11 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 211.2 1’45.298 2.090 /

0.054

12 71 Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA

JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 208.8 1’45.436 2.228 / 0.138
13 53 Jasper

IWEMA

NED CBC Corse Aprilia 209.7 1’45.500 2.292 / 0.064
14 15 Simone

GROTZKYJ

ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 204.8 1’45.514 2.306 / 0.014
15 94 Jonas

FOLGER

GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 207.7 1’45.614 2.406 / 0.100
16 23 Alberto

MONCAYO

SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 208.5 1’45.934 2.726 / 0.320
17 50 Sturla

FAGERHAUG

NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 203.2 1’46.174 2.966 / 0.240
18 5 Alexis

MASBOU

FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 205.0 1’46.219 3.011 / 0.045
19 78 Marcel

SCHROTTER

GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 212.9 1’46.224 3.016 / 0.005
20 26 Adrian

MARTIN

SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 210.9 1’46.241 3.033 / 0.017
21 84 Jakub

KORNFEIL

CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 206.7 1’46.457 3.249 / 0.216
22 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC

Corse

Aprilia 203.9 1’46.621 3.413 /

0.164

23 63 Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 204.0 1’47.026 3.818 / 0.405
24 87 Luca

MARCONI

ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 206.6 1’47.481 4.273 / 0.455
25 68 Toni

FINSTERBUSCH

GER Freudenberg Racing Team KTM 205.6 1’47.671 4.463 / 0.190
26 32 Lorenzo

SAVADORI

ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 200.8 1’47.671 4.463
27 60 Michael

VAN DER MARK

NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 1’48.203 4.995 / 0.532
28 67 Jerry

VAN DE BUNT

NED Jerrys Racing Honda 199.7 1’48.532 5.324 / 0.329
29 64 Ernst

DUBBINK

NED RV Racing Honda 201.7 1’49.361 6.153 / 0.829
30 65 Roy POUW NED Team

Holland Mototechnic

Aprilia 197.5 1’50.083 6.875 /

0.722

31 72 Marco

RAVAIOLI

ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 201.4 1’50.136 6.928 / 0.053
66 Pepijn

BIJSTERBOSCH

NED RacingTeam Bijsterbosch Honda 201.5 1’50.597 7.389 / 0.46

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