The Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 team had its first taste of the Assen circuit this Friday after the first two free practice sessions of the Motul TT Assen.

Niccolò Antonelli ended a successfully first day in the Netherlands after finishing 7th in the combined session with a time of 1:42.358. The Italian set his best time in the morning session, as a few drops of rain fell on the track in the second free practice.

Elia Bartolini spent the first day at Assen working on his adaptation to a new circuit for him, where he was happy and comfortable on his KTM from the start of the day. With a best time of 1:43.721 set in the second free practice, the Italian rider is 25th in the combined standings.

The third free practice before qualifying for the Motul TT Assen will start tomorrow at 9:00 am.

“Today went quite well and I felt fast. Unfortunately, it rained this afternoon, and we couldn’t work on the changes we made, but overall it was a good day for us.”

“I am happy because we are much closer to the leaders than in the previous races, although we could have done better. I didn’t make good use of the opportunities and unfortunately it rained in the second free practice. I’m sure we’ll make another step forward tomorrow.”