MotoGP Assen: Rossi 'feels good', escapes 'Cole Trickle' moment.

Valentino Rossi will start Sunday's Dutch MotoGP round from fourth on the grid after being pleasantly surprised by the performance of the new Yamaha chassis in the wet Saturday weather. Sixth in the dry conditions while using the new frame on Friday, the Italian rose to second in the soaking Saturday morning practice. It was the first time Rossi had tried the new frame in such conditions and he went on to hold provisional pole early in the 15-minute Q2 shootout. But a drying track saw Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha), Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) all move ahead of The Doctor, leaving Rossi to start from the head of the second row. 

"It was a positive day for us because I was very, very curious to try the new chassis in the wet, because also in the wet with the 2017 bike I suffer a lot," began Rossi, speaking in the Assen paddock on Saturday evening. "And the feeling is not so bad because I was competitive from this morning. 

"So I hope for a dry warm-up, for try to understand. And try to improve the pace because yesterday I was not so bad, but it was not enough to fight for the podium. 

"Then I hope for full dry, or full wet, to have a real race from the beginning to the end." 

Rossi will start Sunday's race fifth in the world championship and 28-points from team-mate Maverick Vinales, but the young Spaniard could only qualify eleventh in the wet. 

"For the championship, I think that today is another 'mix'. Because Maverick, who is at the top, is just eleventh. But with a great pace, especially in the dry. Pedrosa, that is in front of me in the championship, is just twelfth," Rossi said. "But on the other side, Zarco who is only behind me by a little bit of points is on pole position and have also a great pace in the dry. So will be interesting." 

Source: http://crash.net

QP:

1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.141s [Lap 8/8] 292km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.206s +0.065s [8/8] 294km/h 
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 46.526s +0.385s [7/8] 294km/h 
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.705s +0.564s [8/8] 288km/h

5. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 47.574s +1.433s [6/6] 286km/h 
6. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 47.663s +1.522s [8/8] 287km/h 
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 47.812s +1.671s [7/9] 292km/h 
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.042s +1.901s [8/8] 289km/h 
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 48.079s +1.938s [7/7] 293km/h 
10. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 48.128s +1.987s [6/6] 285km/h 
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 48.266s +2.125s [6/8] 289km/h 
12. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 49.623s +3.482s [8/8] 280km/h

13. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 47.217s 291km/h
14. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.234s 288km/h
15. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 47.277s 287km/h
16. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.649s 293km/h
17. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 47.804s 288km/h
18. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.947s 289km/h
19. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 47.957s 296km/h
20. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 48.080s 291km/h
21. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 48.219s 286km/h
22. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 48.448s 290km/h
23. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 48.700s 285km/h

FP4:

1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 44.925s [Lap 3/11] 288km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 45.136s +0.211s [4/7] 285km/h 
3. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 47.483s +2.558s [2/9] 287km/h

4. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 47.595s +2.670s [2/3] 282km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.730s +2.805s [3/8] 286km/h 
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 49.325s +4.400s [7/7] 285km/h 
7. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 49.801s +4.876s [5/5] 273km/h 
8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 50.140s +5.215s [5/5] 285km/h 
9. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 50.711s +5.786s [6/7] 283km/h 
10. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 50.776s +5.851s [4/7] 292km/h 
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 51.122s +6.197s [4/7] 270km/h 
12. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 51.176s +6.251s [4/5] 280km/h 
13. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 51.716s +6.791s [4/5] 282km/h 
14. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 52.024s +7.099s [5/6] 268km/h 
15. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 52.030s +7.105s [5/7] 275km/h 
0. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 52.404s +7.479s [4/5] 281km/h 
0. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 52.440s +7.515s [4/7] 282km/h 
0. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 53.300s +8.375s [5/8] 271km/h 
0. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 59.087s +14.162s [5/5] 281km/h 
Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) No Time 
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* No Time 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) No Time 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) No Time

FP3:

1. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 46.441s [Lap 19/19] 294km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.672s +0.231s [21/21] 289km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.743s +0.302s [17/19] 290km/h 
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.756s +0.315s [16/17] 294km/h

5. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.794s +0.353s [18/21] 289km/h 
6. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 46.851s +0.410s [10/19] 294km/h 
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.936s +0.495s [16/16] 286km/h 
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 47.075s +0.634s [10/19] 287km/h 
9. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.126s +0.685s [7/13] 289km/h 
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.295s +0.854s [19/21] 295km/h 
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 47.306s +0.865s [17/17] 295km/h 
12. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 47.310s +0.869s [15/16] 295km/h 
13. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 47.355s +0.914s [17/18] 289km/h 
14. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 47.394s +0.953s [15/16] 292km/h 
15. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 47.409s +0.968s [6/13] 292km/h 
16. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 47.657s +1.216s [16/19] 288km/h 
17. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 47.767s +1.326s [8/19] 291km/h 
18. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 47.774s +1.333s [14/20] 295km/h 
19. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.908s +1.467s [19/19] 287km/h 
20. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 48.194s +1.753s [9/17] 289km/h 
21. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 49.235s +2.794s [13/17] 292km/h 
22. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 49.284s +2.843s [19/19] 290km/h 
23. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 49.291s +2.850s [17/19] 282km/h

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