It was in very difficult conditions that the first free practice session of the Dutch Grand Prix took place this Friday morning in Assen. While the good weather and the heat had bathed the region all this week, the rain landed right at 8 am with significant amounts of water.
In this context, Jack Miller (Ducati), whose ease on a wet track is well known, topped the lap times in 1’42”589. He was ahead of the surprising Joan Mir on Suzuki (+0”109), Pol Espargaro and his Honda (+0”302) and Alex Marquez on the LCR (+0”370).
Also skilled in the rain, Johann Zarco finally took 8th place in 1’43”150 just over half a second behind Miller. For Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), the weekend got off to a slow start even though his first laps were encouraging.
He finally rode little, not wishing, one supposes, not to take unnecessary risks. He finished 17th by more than a second and a half (1”659). Because if the second free practice session in the afternoon will again take place in the rain, the days of Saturday and Sunday should find drier conditions. The best for the reigning world champion.