MotoGP Dutch TT Practice | Vinales back-to-front, huge crash for Marquez

Maverick Vinales puts a torrid German MotoGP behind him by topping free practice for the Dutch TT... while Marc Marquez's fortunes go in the other direction

Maverick Vinales - Yamaha Factory Racing 2021

Maverick Vinales put the troubles of the past seven days behind him with a dominant showing on a rain-affected opening day for the Dutch TT at Assen, but all eyes were on Marc Marquez after a violent high-side in FP2.

The Yamaha rider comes to the Netherlands reeling from the ‘worst race’ of his life in Germany a week earlier, where he started on the back row and finished last of all as the rear grip woes that have hampered him all season stung hardest.

However, five days on it was as though nothing happened as Vinales flicked the Yamaha M1 to the fastest time in both FP1 and FP2.

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Behind Vinales was Pol Espargaro, who enjoyed his strongest start to a weekend on the Repsol Honda having said after the Sachsenring that he would revert to Marquez’s settings in order to find the best from the RC213V, though it isn’t clear whether he did so to find that quick time.

Things were going less smoothly for Marquez, however, after he suffered a huge high-side in FP2 that he remarkably was able to walk away from, albeit gingerly. View the crash HERE.

The in-form Miguel Oliveira - who has a win and two second place results to his name from the last three races - looked threatening again in third position, heading off championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Suzuki’s Alex Rins.

The crocked Marquez held onto sixth at the end of the day, a potentially crucial result for him and the remaining top ten sitters - Joan Mir, Johann Zarco, Danilo Petrucci and Aleix Espargaro - ahead of a Saturday that is forecast to have persistent rain.

As such, those outside the top ten could find themselves up against it to reach Q2, including title contenders Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia down in 12th and 14th, plus Brad Binder down in 18th position on the second of the KTMs.

Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff made a positive impression on his MotoGP debut aboard the Petronas SRT Yamaha. Despite a fall in FP1 and bringing up the rear on the Yamaha M1, he was in range of those ahead, just 0.2s off Luca Marini in 21st.

2021 Dutch TT MotoGP FREE PRACTICE Results [FP1-FP2 Combined] | Assen

2021 Dutch TT MotoGP FREE PRACTICE Results [FP1-FP2 Combined] | Assen | Round 9 / 19
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Maverick VinalesESPMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 33.072
2Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.183
3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.400
4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 33.491
5Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 33.501
6Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.560
7Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 33.701
8Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 33.708
9Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.939
10Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 33.993
11Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 34.004
12Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 34.066
13Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 34.098
14Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 34.265
15Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 34.339
16Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 34.358
17Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 34.431
18Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 34.491
19Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 34.510
20Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 34.658
21Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 35.506
22Garrett GerloffUSAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 35.744