Due to wet conditions during Saturday’s qualifying for round eight of the 2016 MotoGP Championship at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, lap times were nearly 12 seconds slower.But one rider was able to capitalize on these wet conditions – the first wet qualifying session for the new-to-2016-MotoGP Michelin tires – Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. Amid many crashes, the Italian “Desmo Dovi” GP16 pilot was able to secure his fourth MotoGP pole position with a lap time of 1:45.246 around the 2.82-mile “Cathedral” of speed containing 18 corners.
Dovi, who earned his third pole with Ducati, his last aboard the Duck arriving at the season opener in Qatar in 2015, earned the top quaifying position by 0.715 of a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi, who has earned seven premier-class wins at Assen, including last year’s final-corner victory over Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.Earning the final podium position was yet another Ducati – the Octo Pramac Yakhnich Desmosedici piloted by Scott Redding; the Brit – the top-qualifying Independent Team Rider – finished 1.066 behind Dovizioso.“I am very happy with the job we have done in these four sessions. This morning in the dry we were quickest, with a good pace, but this afternoon it wasn’t so much a question of pace in the wet, but more of being ready to analyze the situation, which was constantly changing,” Dovizioso says.“We had opted for a one-run strategy, because it didn’t look like the track was drying out, but after two laps I saw that a few dry lines were forming and, even though it was still raining a bit, I decided to stop to fit a new rear rain tire, despite the fact that we hadn’t agreed on this with the team.“On returning to the track I was also lucky to tuck in behind Rossi: I had already identified the corners where I could push like on the dry track, while in the others I just followed him. As always it’s going to be tough to fight with the leading group, but tomorrow we’ll give it a go.”The current MotoGP points leader, two-time MotoGP Champion Marquez, who leads Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo by 22 points, qualified on top of the second row.He finished Saturday’s Q2 session 1.184 of second behind Dovi, and will be joined on row two by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez. This was the Colombian’s first top-10 qualifying position since the 2015 German MotoGP.Rounding out the top 10 were Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich).Though Iannone qualified ninth – and led Friday practice – he must start from the rear of the grid due to taking out Lorenzo during a crash at Catalunya MotoGP two weeks ago.As for Lorenzo, he qualified 11th, followed by future Rossi teammate Maverick Vinales (Team Ecstar Suzuki).Rain is not forecasted for Sunday’s 26-lap MotoGP, so anything can happen. Assen MotoGP TV coverage begins at 7:35 a.m. EST, and round eight of 18 will be covered live on beIN.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.