The weekend in Assen started with the promise of uncharacteristically clear skies and the lightweight class’ first outing was no exception. Although the temperatures were still somewhat on the low side, riders kept the track busy in search of the weekend’s first honours, which predictably went to Jorge Martin, the Spaniard the only one to dip into the 1:42s, four tenths faster than the opposition.
Still-championship-leader Marco Bezzecchi also took a turn at the front but had to settle for second after Martin’s late charge to the top. After narrowly missing out on podium positions in Barcelona, John McPhee was already looking strong on Friday morning in Assen, the CIP rider settling at the top of the standings for much of the session before Jorge Martin got the job done as usual.
Aron Canet took a while longer to warm up but when he did he shot straight into the top four. Barcelona victor Enea Bastianini followed him closely in the hierarchy, with Jakub Kornfeil over half a second slower than the leading Gresini rider. Tony Arbolino and Lorenzo Dalla Porta were the last men within a second of Martin, with Philipp Oettl and Gabriel Rodrigo completing the top ten just outside that margin.
Niccolo Bulega also continued his recent run of form with an eleventh place, while second-placed man in the championship, Fabio Di Giannantonio, had a rather anonymous morning in 14th place.
|8||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'43.749||0.978||0.150|
|14||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'44.259||1.488||0.021|
|30||18||Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT||KTM||1'47.222||4.451||1.008|