2022 Dutch MotoGP, Assen – Free Practice (3) Results

Dutch MotoGP, Assen – Free practice (3) Results
Pos driver wet Team time/difference Round Max
1 ^24 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS GP) 1’32.164s 17/19 308k
2 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.041s 18/22 301k
3 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.156s 18/20 307k
4 ^7 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.191s 21/21 305k
5 ^4 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* +0.218s 18/20 309k
6 ˅5 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.276s 15/20 312k
7 ˅1 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS GP) +0.323s 18/22 308k
8 ^8 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.428s 20/21 308k
9 ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.562s 16/18 308k
10 ˅6 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.714s 14/19 311k
11 ˅6 Joan Miro SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.798s 16/20 303k
12 ^7 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* +0.835s 15/17 307k
13 ^4 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.872s 14/16 300k
14 ˅7 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.964s 14/18 302k
15 Miguel Oliveira pore Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.984s 18/19 306k
16 ˅4 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +1.013s 10/14 308k
17 ˅7 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) +1.097s 12/15 315k
18 ^2 Lorenzo Savadoric ITA Aprilia Racing (RS GP) +1.117s 21/21 304k
19 ˅5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA With U Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) +1,182s 21/23 301k
20 ˅7 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) +1.441s 16/20 308k
21 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +1.475s 15/19 306k
22 ^1 Stefan Bradli GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) +2.016s 15/19 304k
23 ^1 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +2.459s 15/19 302k
24 ˅2 Darryn Binder RSA With U Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* +2.793s 12/19 303k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP2.
Rider sits in the same position as FP2.
X Rider is X positions lower than FP2.

* Beginner

Official Assen MotoGP records:
Best round:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 33,617s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 32.869s (202)

Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia take matters into their own hands during Free Practice 3 for the Dutch MotoGP in a dry and sunny Assen.

The improved weather meant Friday afternoon’s damp laps were quickly replaced, with Maverick Vinales and Espargaro forming an Aprilia one-two ahead of Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha in the early stages.

Quartararo was wedged midway through the RS-GPs, with Vinales remaining on top until Espargaro – stripped of his fastest Friday laps after Aprilia failed to remove the rear swingarm rain spoiler after switching to slicks – used a new soft rear tire to get back to the top with 12 minutes to go.

The Aprilia show continued with Vinales briefly retaking P1, before Espargaro snatched him back.

Despite a late fall, Espargaro remained fastest all the way to the checkered flag, finishing just 0.041s ahead of Quartararo, with Vinales completing a top three covering just 0.057s on his final lap…until he lost his best post-session time , him to seventh place.

The injured Alex Rins was best of the rest for Suzuki, 0.156 seconds off the top in third, with Takaaki Nakagami also impressing as top Honda in fourth and Marco Bezzecchi the lead rookie for VR46 Ducati in fifth.

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) will get direct access to the second and final part of qualifying, with Rins’ teammate Joan Mir among those heading into qualifying 1.

Riders straight to qualifying 2 – Top 10 combined practice times:
Pos driver wet Team
1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia factory (RS-GP)
2 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
4 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)
5 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)
6 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
7 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia factory (RS-GP)
8 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
9 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22)
10 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22)

Luca Marini, with compatriot Franco Morbidelli – who had already been given a long lap time penalty in Friday’s race for hindering other riders – luckily escaped a high-speed accident unscathed at Turn 15 in the opening minutes of Luca Marini.

Enea Bastianini had a quick accident in Turn 7 on the edge of the last ten minutes, but was back for the final stages. Gresini team-mate Fabio di Giannantonio then got four Italians on the floor, before Johann Zarco and eventually Espargaro also brought out the yellow.

Medium tires were the preferred choice for race pace work in FP3, with a spread of soft tires.

After severe pain from his injured ribs on Friday, Pol Espargaro has withdrawn for the rest of the Assen weekend.

Fabio Quartararo will start the Dutch TT in Assen, the last event before the MotoGP summer break, with a 34 point lead over Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and 61 points ahead of Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco.

That means whatever happens on Sunday, the Yamaha star will continue to lead the world championships over the holidays, but the young Frenchman would no doubt be happy to finish the opening half with a repeat of last year’s win at Assen.

While Quartararo has built breathing room at the top, the likes of Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini (-72 points) and especially factory Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia have suffered badly in recent rounds and will be desperate to keep the ship stable with a podium return in the Netherlands.

A dark horse could be Espargaro’s team-mate Maverick Vinales, who finished second last season to then team-mate Quartararo (from pole position) in Assen and arrives fresh from his best race show at the RS-GP until he ran into ride height problems in Germany .

Alex Rins is back in action after having to give up a comeback from his broken wrist at the Sachsenring last weekend.

Meanwhile, the infamous Assense weather will keep riders and teams on their toes all weekend.

Dutch MotoGP race weekend schedule (UK time)

Friday 24 June

8am-8:40am – Moto3 free practice 1

8.55am – 9.40am – MotoGP free practice 1

9.55am-10.35am – Moto2 free practice 1

12.15-12.55 – Moto3 free practice 2

13:10-1:55 – MotoGP free practice 2

14.10-14.50 – Moto2 free practice 2

Saturday 25 June

8am-8:40am – Moto3 free practice 3

8.55am – 9.40am – MotoGP free practice 3

9.55am-10.35am – Moto2 free practice 3

11:35-11:50 – Moto3 Qualifying 1

12.00-12.15 – Moto3 Qualification 2

12.30-1pm – MotoGP free practice 4

13:10-1:25 – MotoGP Qualifying 1

13:35-1:50 – MotoGP qualifying 2

2:10 PM – 2:25 PM – Moto2 Qualifying 1

2:35 PM – 2:50 PM – Moto2 qualifying 2

Sunday 26 June

8am-8.10am – Moto3 warm-up

8.20-8.30 am – Moto2 warm-up

8.40am-9am – MotoGP warm-up

10:00 am – Moto3 race

11:20 am – Moto2 race

1pm – MotoGP race

Sachsenring: MotoGP World Championship standings
Pos driver wet Team Points difference.
1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 172
2 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS GP) 138 (-34)
3 ^1 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) 111 (-61)
4 ˅1 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) 100 (-72)
5 ^1 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 82 (-90)
6 ˅1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) 81 (-91)
7 ^2 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) 81 (-91)
8 ˅1 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 69 (-103)
9 ˅1 Joan Miro SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 69 (-103)
10 ^1 Miguel Oliveira pore Red Bull KTM (RC16) 64 (-108)
11 ^1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) 61 (-111)
12 ˅2 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 60 (-112)
13 ^1 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) 52 (-120)
14 ˅1 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS GP) 46 (-126)
15 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 40 (-132)
16 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 38 (-134)
17 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* 35 (-137)
18 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 26 (-146)
19 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 25 (-147)
20 ^1 Fabio di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* 16 (-156)
21 ˅1 Darryn Binder RSA With U Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* 10 (-162)
22 Andrea Dovizioso ITA With U Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 10 (-162)
23 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 9 (-163)
24 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 5 (-167)

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