2017 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: Petrucci Leads After Red Flag

After a relatively carefree Moto3 session, MotoGP practice was off to a sketchy start. Barcelona winner Andrea Dovizioso ran out of luck early in the session, his Ducati smoking away and leaving a trace of oil in its wake on the outlap. The failure claimed its first victim in Dovizioso’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard sliding out in turn nine.

Jonas Folger was even less lucky, the Tech 3 rider limping his way to the Medical Centre after a fast crash in turn eleven just seconds before Lorenzo. The red flag was waved only three minutes into the session, for the clean-up operation to take place. That gave some extra time to the Marc VDS team to sort out the front brake issue that stopped Jack Miller from even leaving the pitlane.

After a significant delay, all the riders were able to get out and give it another try. Marc Marquez, Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa were the trio that led the first part of the session, the three Spaniards running tightly together on track.

With the rain always being a concern in Assen, the final ten minutes saw a bit of a windy shootout to ensure top ten positions. Danilo Petrucci had an interesting morning, the Italian ending the session in top position but having a mechanical problem on the final lap, adding to Ducati’s worries.

Johann Zarco made some of his usual magic on soft tyres, the Frenchman going second, narrowly ahead of Cal Crutchlow, the British rider being top Honda in the session. After his early adventures, Andrea Dovizioso had a good shot at top spot before getting slowed down by traffic and having to settle for fourth position.

Valentino Rossi had one of his usual sessions, apparently struggling outside of the top ten before making the jump to fifth. He was followed closely by the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone, Dani Pedrosa a place further back in seventh spot.

Folger was deemed fit to rejoin the action, taking it easy in the beginning, but that didn’t last long, the Tech 3 rider as high as second in the final ten minutes and dropping back to eighth eventually. After the crash and an issue with engine breaking, Lorenzo took his time to climb up the timesheets and made it as high as ninth position. The top ten was completed by Karel Abraham, only half a second down on the leader.

Maverick Vinales’ run on the soft tyre combination was good enough to hand him top position midway through the session, but the championship leader did not put on new tyres for the shootout, opting to give the softs a good long run to test their potential for the race. That dropped him back to twelfth place, two hundredths of a second in front of Marquez.

Alex Rins made his comeback from injury with an eighteenth position, a second down on Petrucci.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.680    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'34.806 0.126 0.126
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'34.822 0.142 0.016
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.829 0.149 0.007
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.841 0.161 0.012
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.914 0.234 0.073
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.936 0.256 0.022
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'35.052 0.372 0.116
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'35.155 0.475 0.103
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.183 0.503 0.028
11 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'35.193 0.513 0.010
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'35.263 0.583 0.070
13 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'35.282 0.602 0.019
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'35.381 0.701 0.099
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'35.528 0.848 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.562 0.882 0.034
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'35.722 1.042 0.160
18 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'35.877 1.197 0.155
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'35.898 1.218 0.021
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'35.916 1.236 0.018
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'36.404 1.724 0.488
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'36.819 2.139 0.415
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'37.603 2.923 0.784

 

Round Number: 
8
2017
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