Assen MotoGP: Rossi leads opening practice as Marquez crashes

Valentino Rossi led the opening MotoGP practice session for the Dutch TT at Assen as world champion Marc Marquez began his weekend with a crash.

Rossi, using a new Yamaha frame this weekend, posted a best time of 1:34.357 to lead from Honda rival Marquez, nearly two tenths of a second off the Italian's pace.

Marquez, using the 2014 Honda chassis, finished in front of teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Unlike their teammates, both men were using their regular chassis.

Pol Espargaro completed the top five on the Tech 3 Yamaha.

The session had a disastrous start for Marquez, who lost control of his bike on his out-lap and ended up crashing after running through the gravel.

Marquez managed to get his bike going again and returned to the pits, his bike appearing not to suffer significant damage.

The Spaniard returned to the track some 10 minutes later, but only managed the ninth fastest time in his first run.

Teammate Pedrosa showed strong pace right from the beginning, leading the times with a 1:34.823 lap 10 minutes into the session.

Lorenzo joined his compatriot in the 1:34s a few moments later, but nearly three tenths behind.

Marquez managed to improve to seventh place as the session progressed, but the Spaniard continued to be quite some way off Pedrosa's pace.

Rossi jumped to second place with some 16 minutes left with a lap just 0.017s seconds slower than Pedrosa's.

Marquez went third quickest 10 minutes later, but not before going off track during his run. He improved his time, but not his position, on the following lap, joining the top two in the 1:34s.

The world champion then took P1 on the third flyer of his run with a 1:34.552. He was relegated seconds later, however, when Rossi completed a lap +0.073s quicker than the Honda rider.

The Italian went even quicker with a minute of the session remaining to end the morning on top by 0.195s.

 Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap   Laps 
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.357   20
Marc Marquez Honda 1'34.552 0.195 20
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'34.570 0.213 19
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'34.772 0.415 18
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'34.927 0.570 21
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'35.042 0.685 21
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'35.050 0.693 19
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'35.175 0.818 17
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'35.223 0.866 13
10  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'35.271 0.914 21
11  Jack Miller Honda 1'35.348 0.991 18
12  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'35.393 1.036 19
13  Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'35.400 1.043 20
14  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'35.486 1.129 20
15  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'35.924 1.567 15
16  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'35.965 1.608 15
17  Scott Redding Honda 1'36.158 1.801 21
18  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'36.223 1.866 22
19  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'36.233 1.876 16
20  Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'36.250 1.893 18
21  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'36.423 2.066 18
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'36.619 2.262 18
23  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'37.486 3.129 18
24  Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'37.933 3.576 17
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Series MotoGP
Event Dutch TT
Track TT Circuit Assen
Article type Practice report