2013 Assen MotoGP – Dutch TT Free Practice 1 ResultsThe 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:
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!