Yamaha’s Lorenzo Leads Opening Assen MotoGP Practice

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo leads FP1 at Assen MotoGP

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo leads FP1 at Assen MotoGP

2013 Assen MotoGP – Dutch TT Free Practice 1 Results

The last two years at Assen have been anything but kind to Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard suffered two first-lap crashes at those Dutch TTs, suffering a sixth place in 2011, and a DNF last season.

But throughout all the pre-race quotes, the reigning MotoGP Champion Lorenzo said he would fight for better results, and he’s already on the move.

Under overcast skies, Lorenzo, who won the last two rounds at Catalunya and Mugello, was quickest during the first of four free practices at Assen Thursday morning.

The two-time MotoGP Champion posted a quickest lap of 1:35.263 around the 2.822-mile circuit, which is the longest-running track on the MotoGP calendar.

Following 0.350 of a second behind was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez a further 0.620 of a second back.

Next up was nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, who trailed Lorenzo by 0.695 of a second. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, the current points leader who is seven points ahead of Lorenzo after six of 18 rounds, was fifth fastest and the final rider to post within a second of Lorenzo at Free Practice 1. The Spaniard was 0.771 of a second back.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was sixth fastest, once again the top CRT rider. He was followed by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who used new Brembo brakes on his RC213V over the Nissin setup, and GO& FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

In ninth was the quickest Ducati, the Ignite Pramac GP13 piloted by test-team rider Michele Pirro, who is substituting for the injured Ben Spies. Rounding out the top 10 was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith.

The riders will return for the second free practice at 2:05 p.m. local time.

2013 Assen MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results:

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.4 1’35.263
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.2 1’35.613 0.350 / 0.350
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 304.8 1’35.883 0.620 / 0.270
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.3 1’35.958 0.695 / 0.075
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.1 1’36.034 0.771 / 0.076
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 292.2 1’36.430 1.167 / 0.396
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.0 1’36.559 1.296 / 0.129
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 306.8 1’36.763 1.500 / 0.204
9 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 302.2 1’36.910 1.647 / 0.147
10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.8 1’37.002 1.739 / 0.092
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 304.9 1’37.041 1.778 / 0.039
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 304.8 1’37.153 1.890 / 0.112
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 289.7 1’37.346 2.083 / 0.193
14 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 289.8 1’37.456 2.193 / 0.110
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 289.0 1’37.489 2.226 / 0.033
16 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 306.6 1’37.538 2.275 / 0.049
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 289.6 1’37.654 2.391 / 0.116
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 288.6 1’37.917 2.654 / 0.263
19 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 288.4 1’38.147 2.884 / 0.230
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 289.1 1’38.334 3.071 / 0.187
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 288.0 1’38.874 3.611 / 0.540
22 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 286.7 1’39.708 4.445 / 0.834
23 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 279.9 1’39.950 4.687 / 0.242
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 279.2 1’41.692 6.429 / 1.742

 

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