Maverick Vinales topped both Friday Practice sessions in Assen.

Vinales will be happy after his recent struggles since his win in Qatar. He dominated the first practice session posting the fastest lap five times. His win in 2019 here will give him and Yamaha hope they can turn his recent form around.

Pol Espargaro will probably also be pleased to be only a tenth down on Vinales. Rins was over 3 tenths off but still put a good result together, finishing 3rd fastest after Suzuki’s recent average form. Fabio Quartararo posted the 4th fastest time but a huge 5 tenths off his teammate Vinales.

Johann Zarco sat P5 with a 1:33.887, due to the track’s sinuous nature. The Ducati being so strong in straight lines but tough through the corners, a P5 will please the Italian manufacturer. Another happy team will be Honda, after their tough races before the Sachsenring, having 3 of their bikes in the top 9 should be a satisfying result.

Danilo Petrucci and Brad Binder surprisingly used hard rear tires on their final stint but Petrucci still posted a respectable 1:33.939, putting him P6, the highest placed KTM.

Aprilia posted two very good times with both their drivers in the top 10, Aleix Esparagaro in P7 and Luca Salvadori in P10. Takaaki Nakagami finished P8 and Marc Marquez P9. Other notable results were Jack Miller in P11, Valentino Rossi in P15, and Alex Marquez in P18.

Garrett Geroff in his first Moto GP outing finished in P22 but not without incident. Early on in the session, he had a little tap with Quartararo and then a crash. The rider was fortunately unhurt, with 18 minutes left in the session.

The top 5 of the session is as follows:

1M.VinalesMonster Yamaha1:33.072
2P.EspargaroRepsol Honda+0.111
4F.QuartararoMonster Yamaha+0.561
5J.ZarcoPramac Ducati+0.815
Moto GP 2021 Dutch GP – FP1 Top 5

In FP2, Vinales once again topped the ranking with a slightly slower lap of 1:33.241.

An absolutely huge crash for Marc Marquez at Turn 10. The bike flicked up violently and Marquez was slingshot into the air and rolling through the gravel. The Spaniard, fortunately, could walk back to his garage seemingly unhurt. His teammate Pol Espargaro had his own crash at the same time. He dropped it into Turn 5 but was able to get going again quite quickly.

With 30 minutes to go in the session, all the drivers were in the pits as small spots of rain started to drop on the camera lenses. The first driver out under the rain was Francesco Bagnaia who simply went out on a sighter lap and came back in.

A few drivers went in the rain but no faster laps were set. The fastest lap in wet conditions was 1:43.776, set by Miguel Olivera.

The top 5 from the session is as follows:

1M.VinalesMonster Yamaha1:33.241
2M.OliveraRed Bull KTM+0.159
3F.QuartararoMonster Yamaha+0.250
4M.MarquezRepsol Honda+0.319
Moto GP 2021 Dutch GP – FP2 Top 5

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