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Friday morning sees wind and rain at Assen

Friday morning sees wind and rain at Assen

As the riders take to the track for their final free practice sessions on Friday morning at the A-Style TT Assen they have wind and a wet riding surface to contend with.

Although dryer weather is forecast for the afternoon qualifying sessions at Assen on Friday the early practice runs will provide yet another test for the teams in all three classes as they send their riders out prepared for wet riding in Northern Holland.

With so many rain-affected days at the various European rounds thus far in 2008 the World Championship competitors and their mechanics will be well-accustomed to switches between dry and wet set-ups, but as ever the changeable conditions will make for some tricky decisions, particularly on tyre choice, as Friday progresses.

For riders such as Toni Elias, who has suffered horror crashes on his last two visits to Assen, those already carrying injuries such as Jorge Lorenzo and John Hopkins and their less experienced counterparts in the smaller classes, they will be hoping to avoid any major accidents on the slippery track – having seen Loris Capirossi ruled out of the TT following a crash in the dry on Thursday.

In addition to the qualifying sessions for the three World Championship classes in the afternoon the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup riders will also be on-track contesting the grid positions for their seventh race of the year, which will take place on Saturday.


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