Yamaha on top in Assen MotoGP practice

Ben Spies

Ben Spies

Yamaha riders have led the way in the first two practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s Dutch TT at Assen.

American Ben Spies set the fastest time of the day in the afternoon on his factory entry, edging out Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow by 0.01s.

Spies, who currently sits 11th in the points standings and is yet to sign a deal for next season, had been fourth quickest in the morning session, which was topped by team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Just 0.5s covered the entire 11-bike prototype field in the afternoon.

Nicky Hayden underscored Ducati’s recent progress by setting the third quickest time in Practice 2, while Alvaro Bautista, Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Hector Barbera and Casey Stoner completed the top 10.

Stoner spent his day evaluating a new chassis designed to alleviate the Honda’s chatter issues on the current Bridgestone tyre.

According to the Australian, little progress on the issue was made throughout the two sessions.

“Everything we’re doing, trying to reduce the chatter is just making the bike difficult to ride,” he said.

“We’re going to have to rethink things again and come out fresh tomorrow.”

See below for the Practice 1 result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’35.106
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’35.126 0.020 / 0.020
3 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’35.181 0.075 / 0.055
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’35.555 0.449 / 0.374
5 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’35.841 0.735 / 0.286
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’35.867 0.761 / 0.026
7 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’35.970 0.864 / 0.103
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’35.995 0.889 / 0.025
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’36.031 0.925 / 0.036
10 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’36.084 0.978 / 0.053
11 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’36.737 1.631 / 0.653
12 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’37.187 2.081 / 0.450
13 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’37.365 2.259 / 0.178
14 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’37.771 2.665 / 0.406
15 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’37.850 2.744 / 0.079
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’38.642 3.536 / 0.792
17 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’38.649 3.543 / 0.007
18 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’39.076 3.970 / 0.427
19 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’39.385 4.279 / 0.309
20 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’39.495 4.389 / 0.110
21 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’39.530 4.424 / 0.035

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’34.866
2 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’34.872 0.006 / 0.006
3 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’34.968 0.102 / 0.096
4 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’35.008 0.142 / 0.040
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’35.057 0.191 / 0.049
6 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’35.080 0.214 / 0.023
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’35.257 0.391 / 0.177
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’35.296 0.430 / 0.039
9 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’35.298 0.432 / 0.002
10 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’35.304 0.438 / 0.006
11 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’35.337 0.471 / 0.033
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’36.615 1.749 / 1.278
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’36.871 2.005 / 0.256
14 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’37.057 2.191 / 0.186
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’37.572 2.706 / 0.515
16 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’37.628 2.762 / 0.056
17 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’37.657 2.791 / 0.029
18 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’37.669 2.803 / 0.012
19 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’37.973 3.107 / 0.304
20 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’38.279 3.413 / 0.306
21 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’38.373 3.507 / 0.094

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