MotoGP Assen 2016

Posted on 25 Jun, 2016 by Scott Jones
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MotoGP Assen 2016: For the first time since the Dutch TT began its role as the longest running motorcycle Grand Prix event in 1949, the MotoGP race at Assen will be held on Sunday instead of its traditional Saturday. The crowd for FP3-4 and Qualifying was great, noticeable larger than we used to get when this second day of the weekend was held on Friday. A large crowd is expected today as well, so this new format should serve the Assen circuit nicely, even while it upsets the purists who dislike the change in tradition. Below, a selection of images from the first two days here at this fantastic circuit, the self-proclaimed Cathedral of Speed.

 

Valentino-Rossi-Andrea-Iannone-MotoGP-Assen-2016With Andrea Iannone the fastest man on track for the Friday practices, he received a lot of attention from Valentino Rossi, and the two riders seemed usually, if not always, to be riding around together.

 

Scott-Redding-Assen-box-2016Scott Redding had a great qualifying performance ahead of him.

 

Andrea-Iannone-Assen-2016-chicaneIannone couldn’t deliver in the wet qualifying conditions, ending the session over two seconds off pole position.

 

Bradley-Smith-Assen-2016-pit-laneBradley Smith also struggled with the over-hard Michelin front rain tire, but should be more competitive if Sunday is dry. The same could be said about many riders.

 

Maverick-Vinales-pit-lane-Assen-2016Maverick Vinales

 

Marc-Marquez-Assen-2016-boxMarc Marquez

 

Jorge-Lorenzo-Assen-track-2016Jorge Lorenzo

 

Andreas-Dovizioso-Assen-track-2016But Andrea Dovizioso made the most of the drying track and claimed pole position for Ducati, and by over seven tenths of a second.

 

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