Assen, The Netherlands

Assen - Race Day Morning Update

It's race day at Assen for the 79th running of the Dutch TT, and the weather prospects are looking up. We arrived early with masses of bikes already heading towards the circuit, and locals sitting along the side of the main transit canals waving as the bikers passed. The skies are overcast, but it's very thin cloud and a watery sun is doing its best to break through the haze. The weather forecast is for rain, but only at the end of the day, after the races have finished and as the crowds head back home again. We should get a full day's dry racing at Assen today.

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Single Bike Rule Dropped For 2010, Dunlop Confirmed As Moto2 Tire Supplier

The number of rule changes introduced in MotoGP recently has been so vast, that the FIM has seemingly adopted a new strategy, issuing press releases to confirm that the rules WON'T be changed. Today, a press release was issued to say that for the 2010 season, the rules on the number of bikes per rider and the event schedule will remain unchanged. Teams will be allowed to scrutineer two bikes per rider, and practice sessions will remain at 60 minutes.

The single bike proposal was dropped after it became apparent that the manufacturers would not be providing extra bikes for riders if it had been adopted. The added complication this would create in flag-to-flag races and in qualifying sessions made this all but impossible to get through.

The single tire announcement for Moto2 was reported here earlier, and was confirmed by the FIM.

The full text of the press release follows:

 

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

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2009 Assen 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Last Second Shake Up Sees Surprising Pole

Results and summary of 125cc Qualifying Practice:

Sandro Cortese took a surprise pole in the final seconds of qualifying for the 125cc class at Assen. The session had seen pole change hands almost continuously, with a host of riders topping the timesheets, including Danny Webb, Andrea Iannone, Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl, Nicolas Terol, and Pol Espargaro.

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BQR Moto2 Bike Puts In Demonstration Laps At Assen

With the Moto2 bikes due to make their debut as replacement for the 250 class next season, Dorna is already busy promoting the new class. At Assen, the Blusens BQR Moto2 bike, currently being raced in the Spanish CEV championship, was given a public outing in front a large crowd as a few select journalists and former racers were given the chance to ride a couple of demonstration laps. Among the happy few were former 500cc World Champion Alex Criville, now a commentator with Spanish TV, former Dutch GP star Jurgen van den Goorbergh, former German 250 star Dirk Heidolf, and BBC commentator Steve Parrish.

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