Rain and oil hamper Assen practice

Simoncelli will be looking for his first podium finish this weekend

Simoncelli will be looking for his first podium finish this weekend

Friday’s final MotoGP practice session for the Dutch TT has been doubled to 90 minutes following the forced cancellation of Practice 2 on Thursday.

While Marco Simoncelli topped a rain-soaked Practice 1, the second session was abandoned due to an oil spill in an intervening Moto2 session.

The earlier 45 minutes of running had seen Simoncelli emerge 0.3s ahead of Valentino Rossi, who will race a 2012 Ducati chassis for the first time this weekend.

Having sat atop the order for much of the session, championship leader Casey Stoner was third at the chequered flag, ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovisioso and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Seventeen bikes to to the track on Thursday, with Hiroshi Aoyama having his first competitive outing in place of the injured Dani Pedrosa for Repsol Honda. Aoyama ended the session 12th, while his replacement at Gresini Honda, Kousuke Akiyoshi, was 16th.

Having broken his collarbone in qualifying for the recent British Grand Prix, Cal Crutchlow returned to action in impressive style – ending the day sixth fastest.

The Moto2 and 125cc classes will also have extended final practice sessions on Friday, having also had their Practice 2s cancelled.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1 Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m49.036s
2 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m49.396s 0.360s
3 Casey Stoner Honda 1m49.527s 0.491s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m49.640s 0.604s
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m49.995s 0.959s
6 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m50.386s 1.350s
7 Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m50.413s 1.377s
8 Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m50.968s 1.932s
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m51.277s 2.241s
10 Ben Spies Yamaha 1m51.590s 2.554s
11 Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m52.646s 3.610s
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m53.132s 4.096s
13 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m53.164s 4.128s
14 Toni Elias LCR Honda 1m53.323s 4.287s
15 Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 1m53.348s 4.312s
16 Kousuke Akiyoshi Gresini Honda 1m53.353s 4.317s
17 Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1m53.562s 4.526s

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