Assen MotoGP: Vinales tops rain-hit FP2, Marquez crashes

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was fastest in a rain-affected second practice for the Dutch Grand Prix, while Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez walked away from a massive crash.

Spots of rain which appeared for the end of second Moto3 practice of the day had abated when MotoGP hit the resurfaced Assen track for its FP2 session.

Honda’s Pol Espargaro set the early pace at a 1m34.514s before championship leader Fabio Quartararo moved ahead with a 1m33.491s on his factory Yamaha.

After a low-key showing in FP1, KTM’s Miguel Oliveira made a quicker start to FP2 when he took over the top spot briefly with a 1m33.400s 10 minutes into the session.

The Portuguese rider’s time at the top of the standings was ended around a minute later when Vinales shot to the top of the order with a 1m33.241s.

With light rain beginning to fall just over 15 minutes into the session, Vinales’ time would go unchallenged.

Before the track fell quiet as the rain intensified, there was a dramatic moment for Marquez when he suffered a monster off-throttle highside at the Dulkersloot right-hander at Turn 11.

The six-time world champion landed heavily on his knees and whacked his right forearm in the initial impact, but was able to walk away from the crash and make it back to his Honda garage.

He wouldn’t return to the circuit in the latter stages when most of the field elected to put in some wet running.

The track fell silent for over 15 minutes courtesy of the rain, but it became wet enough to warrant some running, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins biting the bullet and becoming the first rider to test the conditions.

All but Honda’s Pol Espargaro – who had a slow tumble exiting the Strubben Turn 5 hairpin just after teammate Marquez crashed – Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and the factory Ducati pair Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia put in some wet laps in the latter stages of FP2.

Trailing Vinales in the session was Oliveira, whose lap is currently good enough for a provisional Q2 place with rain threatening Saturday’s FP3 session.

Quartararo completed the top three in FP2 ahead of Marquez and Suzuki’s Joan Mir, while Pramac’s Johann Zarco completed the top six.

Rins was seventh at the chequered flag ahead of Miller and the Espargaro brothers, Aleix on the Aprilia leading Pol to round out the top 10.

Miller currently doesn’t have a place in Q2, with Danilo Petrucci on the Tech 3 KTM 10th on combined times courtesy of his FP1 time despite ending FP2 in 11th ahead of Pramac rookie Jorge Martin.

Brad Binder was 17th in FP2 as his learning of the Assen circuit on his KTM MotoGP bike was stunted by the rain, the South African ahead of Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi in 18th.

Bagnaia was a low-key seventh having completed just seven laps in FP2, while Franco Morbidelli’s injury stand-in Garrett Gerloff was 21st on the ‘A-spec’ SRT M1 ahead of Avintia rookie Luca Marini. 

FP2 results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.241  
2 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.400 0.159
3 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.491 0.250
4 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.560 0.319
5 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.701 0.460
6 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.708 0.467
7 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.960 0.719
8 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'34.066 0.825
9 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.925 0.684
10 44 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 1'34.096 0.855
11 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'34.134 0.893
12 89 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 1'34.339 1.098
13 73 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'34.358 1.117
14 32 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.461 1.220
15 27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.539 1.298
16 23 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'34.658 1.417
17 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'34.766 1.525
18 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.777 1.536
19 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.832 1.591
20 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'35.726 2.485
21 31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'35.744 2.503
22 10 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 1'36.216 2.975
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