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MotoGP Assen: Danilo Petrucci edges narrow FP1 before failure

Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Assen MotoGP 2017

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci led a delayed opening practice session for MotoGP's Assen round, although he ended the morning with an apparent engine failure.

The session was stopped after just four minutes of running when Andrea Dovizioso's factory Ducati suffered a problem and laid oil on the track.

Dovizioso's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and Tech3 Yamaha rider Jonas Folger both crashed on their outlaps, with the latter requiring a brief trip to the medical centre but passed fit to continue.

Times dropped rapidly when the session resumed after a delay of some 30 minutes, with the other Tech3 rider Johann Zarco moving to the top of the times at the halfway point on a 1m35.504s.

That was beaten shortly after by Maverick Vinales on the works Yamaha, the Spaniard posting a 1m35.263s, which remained the benchmark until the final five minutes as Folger improved to a 1m35.052s.

Cal Crutchlow was first to dip below the 1m35s barrier on the LCR Honda, taking over the top spot briefly before Zarco retook the place with a 1m34.806s.

The Frenchman was only bettered by Petrucci, who lapped the TT circuit in 1m34.680s to end the session fastest by 0.126s, although his GP17 Ducati appeared to suffer an engine failure shortly afterwards.

Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Assen MotoGP 2017

Behind Zarco, Crutchlow made one more improvement to end up third, just 0.007s clear of Dovizioso in fourth.

Valentino Rossi's final lap was enough to promote him to P5, 0.161s off the pace, after the Italian had spent much of the session outside the top 10.

Andrea Iannone was sixth fastest for Suzuki, ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the best of the works Hondas, Folger, Lorenzo's factory Ducati and Karel Abraham's Aspar Ducati.

Vinales didn't improve his time in the final 15 minutes and therefore slipped to 12th, 0.583s off the pace, one place ahead of Marc Marquez on the second Honda.

On his return to competitive MotoGP action Suzuki rider Alex Rins was 18th fastest, 1.197s off the pace, while Bradley Smith - who sat out the last round at Barcelona with a hand injury - propped up the timesheets in 23rd on his KTM.

Following the delay to FP1, the second session will take place 10 minutes later than originally scheduled at 2.15pm local time.


1Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m34.680s21
2Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha0.126s20
3Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda0.142s20
4Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati0.149s17
5Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha0.161s22
6Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki0.234s22
7Dani PedrosaHondaHonda0.256s21
8Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha0.372s19
9Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati0.475s20
10Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati0.503s20
11Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda0.513s17
12Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha0.583s22
13Marc MarquezHondaHonda0.602s23
14Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati0.701s21
15Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati0.848s21
16Pol EspargaroKTMKTM0.882s20
17Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1.042s20
18Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1.197s23
19Sam LowesApriliaAprilia1.218s18
20Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati1.236s23
21Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda1.724s24
22Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati2.139s20
23Bradley SmithKTMKTM2.923s19

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