Nakagami will launch the historic Dutch TT from four…
Assen is the oldest MotoGP venue. It has hosted motorcycle racing since the 1920s and is the only remaining circuit from the inaugural 1949 season of World Motorcycle Championship racing.
Nakagami had good reason to expect a better grid position after an excellent FP3 session this morning, which he finished fourth fastest, less than two tenths of a second off the fastest lap time. It suggested the 31-year-old from Chiba and 2016 Assen Moto2 winner had a strong chance of battling for a front-two row position in Q2, but he was unlucky as he had to slow down for the yellow warning flags and then had his fastest lap canceled for going over the track limits, so he finished the session in 12e.
Honda’s usual four-rider MotoGP line-up was reduced to three this morning when Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) withdrew from the event due to injuries sustained during practice for the weekend’s German Grand Prix. -end last. The 30-year-old Spaniard fell heavily at the Sachsenring, injuring his ribs. He bravely chose to run but retired early, as he was in extreme pain and struggling to breathe.
Despite constant treatment over the past few days, Espargaro’s injury was still a huge problem yesterday, so this morning he decided with his team that it was best not to race tomorrow and instead focus on recovery during the mid-season break from the championship, which begins on Monday. Espargaro had already shown great courage, setting the third fastest time in the wet session on Friday morning.
Espargaro’s exit leaves Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) the only rider in the Repsol Honda garage for the rest of the weekend. Bradl, who is usually Honda’s MotoGP test rider and currently replaces six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V), qualified 18e the fastest.
Yesterday was dominated by rain, with FP3 the first completely dry session for the MotoGP riders. Like everyone else, the 32-year-old German really only had this morning to get up to speed with qualifying. He was 22 years oldn/a at the end of FP3, he therefore did well to advance several paces during qualifying.
Latest weather forecasts suggest the 2022 Dutch TT will be on a dry track and Bradl’s intention is clear, to make up for a tough German GP by finishing in the points.
Alex Marquez (LCR Honda CASTROL Honda RC213V) will start the 11e this year’s 20-round MotoGP World Championship race from 21st on the grid. Assen is arguably MotoGP’s most complex circuit and this is only Marquez’s second MotoGP weekend on the track, with the first two sessions marred by rain, so he had no trouble getting through. make aware. Also, there was a misunderstanding between him and his crew regarding the bike setup for qualifying.
Marquez was unable to finish the German GP, which ended a strong run of points in each of the previous five GPs, including a superb seventh place finish in Portugal. Tomorrow he will be aiming to start another long run of points.
This year’s Dutch TT is the fourth race in five weekends and comes before a five-week mid-season break, created by the cancellation of next month’s Finnish GP. The championship resumes with the British GP at Silverstone on August 7.