The Avintia Esponsorama and the Sky VR46 Avintia riders have completed the first two free practice sessions of the Motul TT Assen at ‘The Cathedral’.

Bastianini and Marini ended the first day in the Netherlands in 20th and 21st position respectively. Both riders were affected by the rain during the second free practice, which made it impossible to improve their times in the afternoon.

Tomorrow at 10:00 the third free practice of the Motul TT Assen will start, where Bastianini and Marini will have one last chance to get a position that will allow them to go directly to Q2.

“It was a good day. It’s a very tricky and demanding track for MotoGP. In the morning, the bike was moving a lot and we had to work to make some changes and I think we made a step forward between FP1 and FP2, so I’m happy. However, there is still a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be. In the afternoon it rained in the second half of the session, so it compromised FP2 a little bit, but even in the wet I had a good feeling.”

“Assen is a really difficult track with the Ducati, we all suffered a bit, but we can have fun. In FP2, due to the rain and the yellow flags at the start, we couldn’t do a lot of laps and I couldn’t set a fast lap. In general, we started quite well, we are missing something in the fast corners, but I’m sure we will solve this problem as we keep adding laps. In the rain I felt good grip and we can do well in these conditions.”