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Dutch Grand Prix, Assen: FP2 Results – It’s a very tight affair at the top

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The second free practice at “The Cathedral” this afternoon held even better conditions for the MotoGP riders than this morning, temperatures reaching a comfortable 26°C and the track heating up to 38°C under an overcast sky, enabling the riders to work without interruption on their race setups.

But despite the relatively normal conditions, the names at the top of the timesheets were not the usual suspects as Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner all finished outside the top four. However, the laptimes were incredibly tight throughout the session, the first eleven riders all within half a second of each other, which promises some very interesting racing for Saturday.

Álvaro spent the best part of the practice among the top five and finally ended the day in fourth place, only 0.142 seconds behind leader Spies and improving his laptime from this morning while showing a very consistent pace. He posted the fastest partial time in T1, but was still losing out the most in the final sector.

There’s a chance of rain for tomorrow and Saturday, so things can be jumbled around quickly again ahead of the race.

Pos. Rider Team Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1’34.866
2 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’34.872 0.006 / 0.006
3 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1’34.968 0.102 / 0.096
4 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’35.008 0.142 / 0.040
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1’35.057 0.191 / 0.049
6 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’35.080 0.214 / 0.023
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’35.257 0.391 / 0.177
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1’35.296 0.430 / 0.039
9 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1’35.298 0.432 / 0.002
10 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 1’35.304 0.438 / 0.006
11 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 1’35.337 0.471 / 0.033
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1’36.615 1.749 / 1.278
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1’36.871 2.005 / 0.256
14 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’37.057 2.191 / 0.186
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens 1’37.572 2.706 / 0.515
16 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1’37.628 2.762 / 0.056
17 Mattia PASINI Speed Master 1’37.657 2.791 / 0.029
18 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’37.669 2.803 / 0.012
19 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport 1’37.973 3.107 / 0.304
20 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens 1’38.279 3.413 / 0.306
21 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 1’38.373 3.507 / 0.094

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