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MotoGP Dutch TT Assen - P1 Results | Bezzecchi sets high benchmark in crash-strewn P1

Gold and Goose

Marco Bezzecchi laid down an empathic gauntlet during the opening Practice 1 session for the MotoGP Dutch TT at Assen, the title contender keeping his rivals at arm's length throughout.

Scene of his maiden MotoGP podium twelve months ago, Bezzecchi was in fine form from the off as he looks to recover ground lost in his championship battle with Pecco Bagnaia and now also Jorge Martin ahead of the summer break.

Holding down the top spot for the majority of the session, despite improvements being made by his rivals, no-one could unseat Bezzecchi, the Italian routinely moving the goalposts to end the session with a 1m 32.246s.


That placed him a comfortable +0.3s clear of second place man Maverick Vinales, another rider hoping to tap into the form that had him on the podium for the first time in Aprilia colours at Assen last year.

Alex Marquez completed the session in third place, with Johann Zarco bouncing back from a fast slide off course at the fearsome Ramshoek to secure fourth in the final seconds.

He wasn't the only rider to hit the deck over the course of the session, which took place in sunny, warm conditions. Indeed, other riders to suffer a damaging start to the weekend included Augusto Fernandez and Enea Bastianini, who both came down at Turn 10 - with the latter planting his bike upside down in the gravel trap - and Miguel Oliveira, who suffered a front-end slip at Turn 1.

There were no such worries for Fabio Quartararo, who despite hobbling on a damaged ankle following an injury while out running, was able to lift his Yamaha into fifth, ahead of Luca Marini.

In seventh, Takaaki Nakagami gave Honda reason to be optimistic about the weekend ahead following a string of issues with its bike and riders. However, it was a low-key return to action for Marc Marquez, who was consigned to a lowly 21st after making a mistake at Ramshoek on his final tour.

German MotoGP race winner Jorge Martin began his Dutch TT in eighth, ahead of top KTM rider Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro on the second factory Aprilia.

Elsewhere, Brad Binder left it late to rebound to 11th, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, who adopted his now customary tactic of avoiding a soft tyre time attack to focus on race set-up. However, it was an error-strewn start for the defending champion, Bagnaia enduring more than one off-track moment around the circuit that last year kick-started his charge to the 2022 title from a deficit of 91-points adrift of Quartararo.

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MotoGP Dutch TT Assen | Practice 1 Results

2023 MotoGP Dutch TT | Assen, Netherlands | Practice 1 Results | Round 8 of 20
1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.246
2Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.560
3Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.614
4Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 32.762
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.804
6Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.881
7Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 32.981
8Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 33.067
9Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.087
10Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.421
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 33.486
12Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 33.498
13Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 33.588
14Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 33.633
15Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.673
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 33.893
17Enea BastianiniITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 33.902
18Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.941
19Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 33.989
20Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 34.055
21Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 34.111
22Iker LecuonaESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 34.363
23Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 34.741

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