MotoGP Assen FP2 LIVE: Francesco Bagnaia is here!

MotoGP Assen FP2 LIVE: Francesco Bagnaia is here!

After dominating the Catalan and German Grands Prix, Fabio Quartararo arrives at the TT Circuit Assen, the 11th round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, with a comfortable lead of 34 points. over his closest rival, Aleix Espargaró. Better, El Diablo has an advantage of 61 units on Johann Zarco72 out Enea Bastianini, short-lived leader at the start of the season, 90 over the incredibly consistent Brad Binder and 91 over Francesco Bagnaiamain rival defeated in 2021 and on track to be defeated in 2022.

On a circuit where Yamaha fluids have always performed well, as has the French rider himself (2nd in Moto3 in 2015, 2nd in Moto2 in 2018, 3rd in MotoGP in 2019 and winner last year after a pandemic break in 2020 ), all lights are green for this last round before the summer break. ” There’s just “ secure big points before a well-deserved vacation, except that at the pinnacle of motorcycling competition, it’s always easier said than done.

We can nevertheless count on the confidence and maturity of the French driver to achieve this objective, even if the rain expected to play the spoilsports this weekend did indeed arrive this Friday.

This morning, in the rain, the provisional top 10 consisted of Jack Miller, Joan Mir, Pol Espargaro, Alex Márquez, Aleix Espargaro, Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and Maverick Vinales.

No news has been given regarding Alex Rins but in view of his FP1 this morning, there is no doubt that he will have passed the medical check-up with success.
Lorenzo Savadori participates as a wild card for Aprilia.

While waiting to find out more, as the 25 drivers prepare for this second 45-minute free practice session, still in the wet but without the rain, with temperatures of 18° in the air and 22° on the ground, let’s take advantage of these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website:

Here are the past references:

Assen MotoGP™

2021 (New asphalt)

2022

FP1 1’33.072 Maverick Vinales (See here) 1’42.589 Jack Miller (See here)
FP2 1’33.241 Maverick Vinales (See here) 1’33.274 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
FP3 1’32.336 Maverick Vinales (See here)
FP4 1’32.513 Fabio Quartararo (See here)
QP1 1’32.541 Johann Zarco (See here)
QP2 1’31.814 Maverick Vinales (See here)
Warm Up 1’32.569 Maverick Vinales (See here)
Race Quartararo, Vinales, Mir (See here)
Record 1’31.814 Maverick Vinales (See here)

When the red lights go out… Franco Morbidelli and Luca Marini almost go out together, Fabio Quartararo as in its usual last, except for Pol Espargaro which remains in its box.

It hasn’t rained for an hour and the Moto3 have all improved their times in FP2, which shows that the track is improving.

At the pneumatic level, we note the appearance of a few rear mids and a greater proportion of front mids, all of which are obviously rain.

After the first flying lap, Fabio Quartararo sets the benchmark in 1’44.015, a time already faster than his best time of the morning.

Alex Espargaro takes over in 1’42.701, 28/1000 ahead Jack Miller.

WhileAlex Rins took command in 1’42.312, we can already see that certain trajectories are starting to dry up, which bodes well for a rather lively end to the session…

After 10 minutes, Alex Marquez took the lead in 1’42.115 ahead of Johann Zarco.

Already, the top 10 established this morning has expired, with Alex Márquez, Johann Zarco, Alex Rins, Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller, Francesco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira. We bet that this will greatly change…

It starts with the arrival of Franco Morbidelli in fifth position and then Fabio Di Giannantonio in eighth position, which excludes Miguel Oliveira and Pol Espargaro of the top 10.

On recovery, Joan Mir, Aleix Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira light up the first two sectors in red and it is finally the KTM rider who wins in 1’40.540.

A little before the mid-session, Luca Marini is the first rider to come out on slicks.

Still on rain tyres, Johann Zarco then recorded the best time of the day in 1’39.511.

Luca Marini goes from twenty-second to ninth position, which should be a signal for the other drivers to also switch to slicks, especially since on the next lap, the Italian driver is in second position…

One more lap and the VR 46 driver set the best time of the day in 1’38.880! There are 16 minutes left and the slicks are coming out everywhere…

Luca Marini lowers his time again to 1’38.248 then 1’37.469, ahead of the wild card Lorenzo Savadorihimself also in slicks.

Jack Millerthe exercise specialist, recalls to everyone’s good memory in 1’36.979 but it’s Miguel Oliveira who set the best time in 1’36.281.

In the aftermath, Fabio Quartararo won provisionally in 1’36.255 before handing over the lead to Marco Bezzecchi in 1’35.880.

Francesco Bagnaia improves the reference in 1’35.496 but Jack Miller then Miguel Oliveira do not hear it that way, the Portuguese driver posting 1’34.676 eight minutes from the checkered flag.

The top 10 leaderboard keeps changing frantically with improvements, Francesco Bagnaia taking the lead in 1’34.498 before being overtaken by Fabio Quartararo in 1’34.420 (stopwatch cancelled, then Marco Bezzecchi in 1’34.312… before the latter fell without gravity.

Therefore, Fabio Quartararo takes the bit between his teeth and scores 1’33.908!

Alex Espargaro makes the powder speak and achieves 1’33.652 then 1’33.452, but in extremis Francesco Bagnaia snatches the timpani in 1’33.274!

For now, Francesco Bagnaia, Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Joan Mir, Maverick Vinales, Brad Binder, Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi are therefore pre-qualified for Q2.

See you tomorrow at 9:55 a.m. for FP3!

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix FP2 results at TT Assen:

Ranking Credit: MotoGP.com

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