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MotoGP Assen: Rossi back on top in rain-affected FP3

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi edges out team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in Yamaha 1-2 in final timed free practice at Assen.
Valentino Rossi was back in control at Assen as the Movistar Yamaha rider headed a rain-interrupted FP3.

The MotoGP World Championship leader hit the top at the end of the session on his M1 with a lap in 1m 33.167s to edge out team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 0.108s.

Ducati pair Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso finished third and fourth respectively, with Iannone only 0.017s behind Lorenzo.

As the rain began to fall at the beginning of the session, the riders returned to the pits for around 10 minutes, with Suzuki's Maverick Vinales the first to venture back out again as the surface began to dry.

With new slicks fitted for the final run, it was Rossi who came out on top on his M1 as he followed up his result in FP1 to head a Yamaha 1-2, setting up what promises to be a thrilling Q2 in the afternoon.

Bradley Smith, who was denied a fast time on Thursday in FP2 after the soft rear tyre fitted by the British rider for a time assault on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 failed, made amends to slot into fifth in FP3 with a lap in 1m 33.387s.

Marc Marquez was the first Honda rider in sixth on the Repsol RC213V, ending the session 0.310s down on Rossi with FP2 pace-setter Dani Pedrosa seventh quickest (1m 33.508s).

Series rookie Vinales posted the eighth fastest time on the GSX-RR ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro, while Cal Crutchlow crept into Q2 in 10th position on the CWM LCR Honda, with his lap in 1m 33.744s leaving him half-a-second down on Yamaha's Rossi and Lorenzo.

Aleix Espargaro missed the Q2 cut on his Suzuki, finishing 12th behind Octo Pramac Ducati Danilo Petrucci, while Scott Redding also finds himself in Q1 after completing FP3 in14th place on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda behind Forward Yamaha's Stefan Bradl.

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera completed the top 15, while Eugene Laverty – who received Honda's updated swingarm at Assen – again finished ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden on the Aspar Honda RC213V-RS, slotting into 19th place with the American rounding out the top 20, two seconds off the leaders pace.

1. Valentino Rossi
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Andrea Dovizioso
5. Bradley Smith
6. Marc Marquez
7. Dani Pedrosa
8. Maverick Viñales
9. Pol Espargaro
10. Cal Crutchlow
11. Danilo Petrucci
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Stefan Bradl
14. Scott Redding
15. Hector Barbera
16. Yonny Hernandez
17. Alvaro Bautista
18. Mike Di Meglio
19. Eugene Laverty
20. Nicky Hayden
21. Jack Miller
22. Loris Baz
23. Alex De Angelis
24. Marco Melandri

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June 26, 2015 10:51 AM

nikisan: He looks extremely strong in sector 4.
I noticed that too,, he actually topped the last sector in all 3 sessions so far... he could still fancy his chance if fight gets to last lap...

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