Yamaha team leader Massimo Meregalli, after the punishment of Fabio Quartararo, once again pointed out the inconsistency of the race commissioners. As far as I am concerned, the punishment itself is too harsh compared to past incidents. The race commissioners awarded the Frenchman a long lap penalty for the fall with which he pushed Aleix Espargaro into the sand at the next race in Silverstone. According to them, the maneuver was too ambitious and thus not doomed to success. Fabio went to Aprilia's garage immediately after the race and also apologized to Espargaro. According to Meregalli, this should be the conclusion of this incident. At the same time, he reminded of the race in Barcelona, where the commissioners did not punish Nakagami. When the Japanese fell in the sand at the beginning of the race, he also took Bagnaia and Rinsa into the sand. The latter suffered a broken wrist at the time.
Race commissioners punished Fabio Quartararo for today’s incident with Aleix Espargaro. The Frenchman faces a long lap penalty at the Silverstone race. The current world champion fell while trying to overtake Espargaro in the fifth turn of the fifth lap, while also knocking the Spanish racer into the sand. He remained on the motorcycle but lost eight seconds compared to the leading Bagnaio and slipped to fifteenth place. The French racer picked up the motorcycle and continued to ride, but after falling again in the same turn, he finally gave up a few laps after that. Espargaro, on the other hand, broke through to fourth place by the end of the race with an outstanding run, reducing the gap in the overall standings to Quartararo to 21 points. He will have a slightly harder job due to the penalty after the summer break in Silverstone.
Francesco Bagnaia won the best starting position (1: 31.504) before the race in Assen. Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Martin will start tomorrow. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540679603286589440 The Spaniard led after the first attempts, but in the end he was overtaken by Bagnaia and Quartararo. Marco Bezzecchi placed fourth in front of Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller and Johann Zarco. Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins and Brad Binder finished in the top ten. The KTM racers advanced to the second half through a slower qualifying group. Maverick Vinales, who started last year’s race from first place, set the eleventh time this time. The twelfth, however, was Takaaki Nakagami.
Aleix Espargaro set the fastest time of the third free practice in Assen (1: 32.164). With second place, Fabio Quartararo, the leader in the overall standings, came closest to him. Maverick Vinales was third ahead of Alex Rinse and Takaaki Nakagami. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540617047121559553 The best Ducati this time was Marco Bezzecchi in sixth place ahead of factory racers Bagnaio and Miller. Pramac Martin and Zarco also finished in the top ten. Despite falling in the final, the Frenchman still managed to secure a direct appearance in the faster qualifying group. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540615810187665409 Due to the dry track (for the first time this weekend), we have been following extremely interesting events from the very beginning
Aleix Espargaro’s second place in the second free practice is invalid. The commissioners of the race deleted his best time due to violations of the technical rules. At the end of the second free practice, the Spaniard had a "rear spoiler for rain" installed on his motorcycle next to the dry track tires, which is a violation of the rules. The time 1: 33.452 he set at the end of the second training session is thus invalid. His fastest recognized time is 1: 41.360 achieved in the introduction to this training. The Spaniard is the only one who did not put his fastest time on dry track tires. Deleted time means the Aprilia racer has slipped from second to a completely last twenty-fifth place. That is why he will hope that the track will be dry in the third training session, as otherwise the ost will be without trouble
Pol Espargaro is seriously considering ending the race weekend in Assen due to rib pain. The Spaniard is still struggling in the Netherlands with a rib injury resulting from a fall in his first free practice last weekend at the Sachsenring. If at a rainy morning workout today the condition seemed to be improving (the Spaniard finished the first workout as the third) the pain became unbearable at the second workout as the track dried up. That’s why he’s already thinking about ending this race weekend early if he finds he’s incapable of driving a race at the highest level. "We did a good job in the morning. Driving in the wet isn't so physically demanding so I didn't feel excessive pain and finished third." It was quite different in the afternoon. "Worse than expected
Francesco Bagnaia won his second free practice at Assen with a time of 1: 33.274. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540318718944747521 https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540306892098002944 Despite the wet surface, the situation was better this time. That is why the racers improved their times in the beginning. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540308551905808395 The track dried up enough in the second half that many opted for dry track tires. The first of these was Luca Marini. The Italian quickly swung to the top of the table. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540312300204220416 Lap times have dropped sharply in the last ten minutes as the track has dried up considerably. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540315188666277889 In second place this time is the conclusion
Jack Miller got a rainy introductory training session in Assen with a time of 1: 42.589. Due to the rain, the racers were very careful. Most tested the situation in the introduction and then spent most of it in the garage. Until the last ten minutes, when there was more happening on the track again. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1540242551491465218 Joan Mir came closest to him with second place. The third time put Pol Espargaro ahead of Alex Marquez and his brother Aleix. Sixth as the best racer on a KTM motorcycle was Miguel Oliveira ahead of Alex Rins. Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and Maverick Vinales finished in the top ten. Yamaha's best racer was Franco Morbidelli in fifteenth place. His teammate and overall leader Fabio Quartararo set seventeen
Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig said Marc Marquez wasted opportunities to fight for the podium at the race in Assn by falling in second free practice on Friday. He suffered a blow to his right ankle when he fell. Marquez blamed the electronics for the accident and made no secret of his disappointment. At Honda, they responded immediately and made changes to the engine electronics that restored Marquez’s self-confidence, which he showed with an excellent ride in Sunday’s race, where he came from 20th place to final 7th place. They knew the race at Assn would be much harder than the Sachsenring, where the Spaniard won. Puig is confident that if there had been no fall, Marc would have fought for the podium in Sunday’s race. "Yes, the Sachsenring is a track that is very suitable for Honda and also for Marc Marquez. Marc had the opportunity there and
The International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) announced today that races in Finland, the Netherlands and Germany will not appear on the new racing calendar for this season. These three races are definitely canceled this year. Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, this year's season will not start until at least August. All the first eleven races according to the original calendar have already been postponed or canceled. It is already clear that this year the racers in the elite motorcycle class will not be hosted by the racetrack in Qatar. Namely, maintenance works are planned there later this year. The other ten races, however, were initially only postponed, although the Finnish test had previously been under great question, as they still had not received approval from the FIM. Subject to restrictive measures also related to travel
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