ASSEN, The Netherlands – official release — MotoGP photo — Aleix Espargaro was the quickest rider on track, setting a record pace during MotoGP practice at TT Circuit Assen Thursday.
Espargaro produced the fastest ever lap on the current Assen track (1:33.653) towards the end of the second on a soft rear tire. The Spaniard beating Casey Stoner’s 2012 lap record (1:33.713). Espargaro had also been second quickest in the morning session.
Repsol Honda’s young World Champion Marc Marquez was second overall, a .211 of a second gap behind Espargaro, with Dani Pedrosa in third place. The fastest factory Yamaha lap was set by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in fourth place, less than half a second off Espargaro in first.
Another good showing from Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone left him fifth, despite a run-off track in both Thursday sessions for the Italian.
Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were classed in sixth and seventh respectively, with an identical 1:34.286 lap time. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was eighth after riding fastest the first practice, with Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completing the top ten.