Dutch GP: Vinales kicks off Assen weekend at the top in FP1

Maverick Vinales set the fastest time to take the top spot in this morning’s first practice session of the Dutch GP proceedings.

Maverick Vinales got his and Yamaha’s weekend off to the optimum start by going fastest in FP1. The Yamaha rider instantly looked at ease at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

Fabio Quartararo backed Vinales’ performance up by going fourth fastest, suggesting that Yamaha could be the team to beat this weekend.

Pol Espargaro shadowed Vinales by going just a tenth slower than the Yamaha bike. The Honda rider seemed comfortable on his bike, which slightly differed from his teammate Marc Marquez.

However, the Sachsenring king had a new chassis underneath him, and it looks as if it will take time for him to master. As for Espargaro, setting the fastest final sector time could bode well for the Japanese team as the weekend continues.

Ultimately, the first session belonged to Vinales. After a disastrous race in Germany, the Spaniard vowed to come back stronger.

After using teammate Quartararo’s base setup in FP1, Vinales seems to be on the right track. Although it is only one session, and the Honda riders with their new chassis’, as well as a strong challenge from both works and customer Ducati bikes, sets up this weekend to be a competitive one.

Final Classification

1 12 Maverick ViƱales Yamaha 1m33.072s
2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1m33.183s 0.111s
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m33.501s 0.429s
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1m33.633s 0.561s
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1m33.887s 0.815s
6 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1m33.939s 0.867s
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m33.993s 0.921s
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1m34.004s 0.932s
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1m34.048s 0.976s
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1m34.098s 1.026s
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1m34.245s 1.173s
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1m34.265s 1.193s
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m34.299s 1.227s
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1m34.422s 1.350s
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m34.431s 1.359s
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1m34.491s 1.419s
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1m34.510s 1.438s
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1m34.916s 1.844s
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1m35.253s 2.181s
20 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1m35.292s 2.220s
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1m35.506s 2.434s
22 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1m35.961s 2.889s