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Assen MotoGP: Maverick Vinales tops Friday practice for Yamaha

Maverick Vinales Yamaha Assen MotoGP 2018

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales set the pace in the Friday afternoon MotoGP practice session at Assen, followed by Italian trio Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi.

It took Marc Marquez five minutes to beat his own morning benchmark with a 1m34.041s, which gave him a 1.2-second advantage over the field at the time.

But he didn't improve for the rest of his first run as he had several moments with his bike, including once running wide and on the gravel at the exit of the fast Turn 7 left-hander.

Andrea Dovizioso was the first rider to get close to Marquez with a 1m34.231s and the top two remained unchanged for the first half of the session.

Dovizioso was then next to improve again, the Italian narrowly outpacing Marquez, with Suzuki's Alex Rins soon moving up into third and the top three separated by only 0.008s at that stage.

As qualifying runs on new soft rear tyres at the end of the session began, Vinales demoted Dovizioso with a 1m33.547s.

Andrea Iannone Suzuki Assen MotoGP 2018

Vinales improved again to end the day on top with a 1m33.378s, with Suzuki's Iannone taking second - 0.121s off the pace.

Petrucci was third, the Pramac Ducati rider narrowly beating Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow was the top Honda rider in fifth, as Marquez stayed on used hard rubber, and dropped down to eighth, also behind works Ducati duo Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

Rins was ninth ahead of Johann Zarco, who had a crash at the De Bult left-hander.

With everyone but Franco Morbidelli improving on their practice one times, the afternoon top 10 are the 10 riders currently set to go straight into Q2.

Zarco beat Dani Pedrosa to 10th by 0.034s, followed by the Frenchman's Tech3 Yamaha team-mate Hafizh Syahrin and top Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro.

KTM duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro were 18th and 19th respectively, the former having a bike problem and the latter crashing early in the session.

FP2 times

1Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m33.378s-24
2Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m33.499s0.121s22
3Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m33.764s0.386s21
4Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m33.779s0.401s21
5Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m33.812s0.434s20
6Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m33.859s0.481s20
7Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m33.870s0.492s17
8Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m34.041s0.663s22
9Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m34.047s0.669s21
10Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m34.133s0.755s18
11Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m34.167s0.789s21
12Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m34.246s0.868s21
13Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m34.318s0.940s21
14Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m34.484s1.106s22
15Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m34.522s1.144s20
16Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m34.535s1.157s18
17Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati1m34.576s1.198s22
18Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m34.700s1.322s17
19Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m34.822s1.444s17
20Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m34.855s1.477s23
21Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m34.970s1.592s19
22Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m35.287s1.909s18
23Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m36.129s2.751s21
24Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m36.157s2.779s17

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