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MotoGP Dutch TT Assen - P2 Results | Bezzecchi in charge, Marquez 19th after fall

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Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing, Ducati GP22, 2023 MotoGP, Dutch TT, Assen, action, Netherlands [credit - Gold & Goose]

Marco Bezzecchi consolidated his position at the head of the timesheets during Friday Practice for the MotoGP Dutch TT at Assen, while there was more misery for Marc Marquez after ending his day in the gravel trap.

A year on from clinching a maiden MotoGP podium result mid-way through his rookie season, Bezzecchi has returned to Assen as a title contender on the VR46 Ducati.

Already a double race winner this year, Bezzecchi appears to be in with a good shout of a third at Assen after comfortably out-performing his rivals in both P1 and P2, the Italian ending his day with a 1m 32.063s best.


He chased by the man who replaced him for second in the overall standings last time out in Germany, with Jorge Martin recovering to second after having an earlier run hampered by his airbag activating as he rounded Ruskenhoek.

Jack Miller posted a late improvement to haul his KTM into a provisional top three after practice, with defending champion Pecco Bagnaia revealing his hand in the closing stages too as he rebounded to fourth.

Maverick Vinales completed a positive day for Aprilia generally to finish his day fifth, with Aleix Espargaro seventh - despite being baulked on his final lap by a dithering Franco Morbidelli - and the RNF bikes just outside the top ten, Raul Fernandez getting the better of Miguel Oliveira in 12th and 13th respectively.

Between the factory RSV4s was Fabio Quartararo, the Monster Energy Yamaha Racing rider enjoying arguably his most positive start to a weekend this season, less than +0.3s off the top spot.

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Rounding out the last of the automatic Q2 qualifiers, Brad Binder, Luca Marini and Alex Marquez squeezed into the top ten in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Among those with work to do in Q1 tomorrow now, Johann Zarco was just a tenth off safety en route to 11th, while Takaaki Nakagami slipped from sixth in P1 to 14th in P2 while still leading the muted Honda charge.

There is also work to do for Enea Bastianini, the Italian struggling to find his groove in only his third race weekend of the season since returning from injury.


He was faring better than an embattled Marquez endured a torrid day, languishing near the bottom of the timesheets throughout and appearing to struggle with discomfort from his cracked rib.

His frustration was then compounded further with three minutes remaining when the Repsol Honda let go at Turn 3, leaving him to watch the remainder of the session from the sidelines as his slipped to 19th on the timesheets.

MotoGP Dutch TT Assen | Combined Practice Results [P1+P2]

2023 MotoGP Dutch TT | Assen, Netherlands | Combined Practice Results | Round 8 of 20
1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.063
2Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 32.193
3Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.218
4Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.263
5Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.308
6Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.341
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.408
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.449
9Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.469
10Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.581
11Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 32.669
12Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.794
13Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.801
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 32.935
15Enea BastianiniITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.955
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 33.106
17Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 33.180
18Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 33.304
19Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.485
20Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.495
21Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 33.501
22Iker LecuonaESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.720
23Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 34.400

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