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Lorenzo sets the early pace in first free practice at Assen

Lorenzo sets the early pace in first free practice at Assen

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo laid down the marker for the Iveco TT Assen this weekend with the fastest time of the morning practice session ahead of Repsol Honda Team pair of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner.

The Dutch track provided largely sunny and dry conditions for the first free practice at the slightly revamped track, of which championship leader Lorenzo took full advantage to post the quickest time of 1.35’106. Just two hundredths behind, Pedrosa managed to keep his Australian teammate at bay, who was a further five hundredths back. Stoner, however, will no doubt think he can go quicker, as he was held up by traffic on both of his final two hot-laps.

Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies looked to have carried over his Silverstone form, as he set the fourth fastest time of the morning, just ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who again looks to be getting to grips well with his Desmosedici in the dry. He was narrowly in front of last-race pole-sitter San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista.

Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá was the second fastest Ducati on the grid, as he looks to recover from a disappointing race in the UK, finishing ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso. His teammate Cal Crutchlow, who is still recovering from his fractured ankle two weeks ago, was only marginally off the Italian and still under a second off the front. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi completed the top ten, whilst Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet was the quickest CRT in 12th.


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