Open Class rider leads ahead of Repsol men Marquez and Pedrosa
Aleix Espargaro set the fastest time during today’s free practice for the Iveco Daily TT at Assen with the NGM Forward Racing rider leading the Repsol Honda pairing of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Espargaro eventually set a fastest lap of 1m 34.719s in the second free practice session with Marquez .211s behind and Pedrosa a further .416s back. Espargaro’s fastest time was quicker than the official lap record set by Casey Stoner in 2012.
I was not expecting that. To go in the 1’33s on the first day is really fast. I love this track.
Pol Espargaro was right at the front this morning but this afternoon the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 man set a best time of 1m 34.408s while Stefan Bradl’s best lap of 1m 34.457s sees the LCR Honda man in 9th and in 10th place sits the Ducati Team machine of Andrea Dovizioso on a best time of 1m 34.460s. Sitting just outside the top ten is Alvaro Bautista for the GO&Fun Honda Gresini team with a best time of 1m 34.466 while his teammate Scott Redding was just behind on a best lap of 1m 35.445s.
Marquez was pleased with his first day and speaking afterwards he said, “Today went pretty well and I'm happy, because last year we suffered a lot at this track. I think is a good track for both Honda and Yamaha; they were better here last year but maybe this year we have taken a step forward and I feel very comfortable and happy with the pace that I have. We'll see tomorrow, because it seems that we’re not so strong in the low temperatures, but I am convinced that we can match the competitors level.”