Mixed conditions and mixed fortunes in Assen for Repsol Honda Team riders

Mixed conditions and mixed fortunes in Assen for Repsol Honda Team riders

24.06.2022: TT Assen MotoGP 2022 Round 11 Pol Espargaro battled intense phsyical discomfort as the Repsol Honda Team begin the Dutch Grand Prix weekend in Assen, already facing wet and dry conditions.

   
TT Assen
MotoGP 2022   Round 11

 

Pol Espargaro battled intense phsyical discomfort as the Repsol Honda Team begin the Dutch Grand Prix weekend in Assen, already facing wet and dry conditions.



The heat of Germany gave way to a wet and wild morning in the Netherlands as Round 11 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship began. Starting with a soaking wet Free Practice 1, conditions would steadily improve during the course of the day and lead to an exciting close to the day as slicks were fitted.



Wet running in the morning saw Pol Espargaro looking confident and comfortable, consistently inside the top five and ending in third overall. The conditions also helped Espargaro to save his still healing ribs, the wet generally less physically demanding than a fully dry session. In the afternoon, the rain would ease and a dry line would quickly appear during Free Practice 2.



 After just a few laps on wet tyres, the majority of the field switched to slicks. A best time of 1’34.834 had the #44 19th on the combined times – 1.5 seconds shy of first. Espargaro’s major limitation comes from his injured ribs and pain in his back from compensating for the lack of strength, resulting in difficulties breathing.



Stefan Bradl showed his adaptability as the German was able to keep pace with the field in the wet. Ending the morning in 18th place, the HRC Test Rider continued to adapt and unlock the secrets of Assen in the afternoon. Unfortunately, a fall at Turn 9 towards the end of Free Practice 2 saw Bradl unable to improve beyond a 1’35.951 and ended the day in 24th. Further improvements and rebuilding his confidence after the fall are Saturday’s targets.




Weather conditions on Saturday look to remain mixed, but a dry Free Practice 3 session is crucial for the Repsol Honda Team who need to continue to make progress and close the distance to the top ten as well as assess Espargaro’s condition.   
    
    


    
    
Pol Espargaro  44
19TH  1'34.834



“In the morning we were able to do a good job. In the wet it is less physically demanding and we were able to ride in a decent way. I wasn’t feeling much pain because of this so I could be fast and was P3.



In the afternoon I was riding well with wets but as soon as the track became dry, all the nerves and the tension I have in my ribs and back from the injury started to become a problem.


I have a lot of pain in my ribs and in my back and finally we weren’t able to make a good result. I was not expecting to feel this bad, tonight we need to do everything we can to be ready for this weekend.”         

    


       
    
Stefan Bradl  6
24TH  1'35.951



“We had a crash at Turn 9 today, it wasn’t really a great day overall. In the morning it honestly wasn’t too bad and I was happy with where my speed was. In the afternoon as the track became dry, I tried to push a little bit more and lost the front.


Luckily, I am physically OK but I don’t really understand why I crashed there which is frustrating. Tomorrow is a new day and the weather looks better, so we keep on working and trying to go faster.”         

    
       
    
TT Assen Practice Results


1    BAGNAIA Francesco     62    ITA    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    1'33.274
2    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia    0.178
3    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.305
4    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.337
5    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    0.559
6    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.625
7    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia    0.664
8    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.853
9    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    1.012
10    BEZZECCHI Marco     73    ITA    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati    1.038
11    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati    1.042
12    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    1.230
13    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati    1.262
14    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    LCR Honda    Honda    1.325
15    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team    Yamaha    1.376
16    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.402
17    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    1.549
18    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    1.554
19    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    1.560
20    DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio     49    ITA    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati    1.628
21    SAVADORI Lorenzo     32    ITA    Aprilia Racing Test Team    Aprilia    1.807
22    GARDNER Remy     87    AUS    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.948
23    BINDER Darryn     40    RSA    WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team    Yamaha    2.297
24    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    2.677
25    FERNANDEZ Raul     25    SPA    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    2.952
    

 
 
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