2021 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: From Last To First - Viñales Quickest In Morning Session

FP1 saw a complete turnaround for Maverick Viñales. After finishing dead last in the Sachsenring, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider set the fastest time of the first session of practice in Assen. It was not all sweetness and light, however, Viñales nearly losing the front of his Yamaha M1 at Madijk and shaking his head and fist vigorously.

Viñales wasn't the only surprise at the top of the timesheets in FP1. Repsol Honda rider Pol Espargaro was also quick, crossing the line in second, a tenth behind the Yamaha. Viñales and Espargaro had a comfortable lead over Alex Rins, the Suzuki rider three tenths off the time of Espargaro.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo ended the session in fourth, just ahead of Johann Zarco, who saved a preliminary spot in Q2 with a late lap to jump from seventeenth to fifth. Danilo Petrucci had something of a resurgence on the Tech3 KTM, ending as sixth fastest, ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia, Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda, and the winner at the Sachsenring, Marc Marquez, in ninth. Marquez was riding a brand new chassis for the first time in FP1. Aprilia's second rider, Lorenzo Savadori, rounded out the top ten, a strong showing by the Italian.

Results :

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.072    
2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.183 0.111 0.111
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.501 0.429 0.318
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.633 0.561 0.132
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.887 0.815 0.254
6 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.939 0.867 0.052
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.993 0.921 0.054
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'34.004 0.932 0.011
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'34.048 0.976 0.044
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.098 1.026 0.050
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'34.245 1.173 0.147
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.265 1.193 0.020
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'34.299 1.227 0.034
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'34.422 1.350 0.123
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.431 1.359 0.009
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.491 1.419 0.060
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.510 1.438 0.019
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'34.916 1.844 0.406
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'35.253 2.181 0.337
20 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'35.292 2.220 0.039
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'35.506 2.434 0.214
22 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'35.961 2.889 0.455
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Congratulations Maverick Viñales! felicitations.

Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati, KTM, Aprilia! Six different manufacturers in the top seven!

The King of testing is back! Returned from dead last, now fast, it won't last! This to shall pass.

This is the Golden Age!

Curious that the two riders who've openly stated they'll 100% copy the setups of their faster teammates are 1st and 2nd. It's probably a fluke given the natures of last week's and this week's tracks, but it'll be interesting to see if they can stay fast with the copied setups.

Marc and Fabio refine their set-ups tomorrow to progress-or otherwise-what do the copycats do then? Fascinating!

I'm unsure how much cause and effect relates to the King of testing.

Thinking Maverick Viñales got out of the opposite side of the bed compared to last Sunday.

The track surface at Assen may have more grip than Sachsenring.

Maverick didn't decide to drop back for some clear air.

Soft front tyre?

Bubs got a good nights sleep.

Señor M. Vinales probably doesn't know what to atribute the new found speed to. Same speed he has always been capable of but doesn't always produce.

After only 3 sessions riding a MotoGP bike (2 standing in for Rossi last year)and never having ridden at Assen before he's had an impressive Friday!