MotoGP Dutch GP – Circuit Assen TT

MotoGP riders enjoyed today another day of sunny and warm conditions for the second day of free and qualifying practice for the Dutch TT.

Tito Rabat continued working hard with his crew to improve his feelings with his Reale Avintia Racing Ducati. The Spaniard improved his pace today, but it was not enough to be in Q2. Rabat will start the 26-laps-race tomorrow from the 14th place of the grid, but he is eager to finish ahead and score some good championship points.

So far, the weekend in Assen has been very difficult for Xavier Simeon. The Belgian rider was looking forward to start the weekend in Holland following his good performance and pace in Barcelona. But, although he improved his best lap time today, it was not enough and he will start the race from the last row of the grid.

“It has been a difficult weekend so far, but I’m happy with the way we are working here. We did our best in a circuit where I struggled a lot since I jumped to MotoGP. My best lap time in qualifying was not bad, but now we have to think how to improve even more during warm up to get some more speed an fight for a good result in the race.”

“I’m frustrated. Nothing worked today and we tried many different things with the bike, but my improvement was not enough. The bike is very difficult to drive here in Assen and, with the set-up we have right now we are not able to go any faster. I’m not happy because we are far away. After Barcelona where I was closer, we did a step back. I hope to find something during wam-up tomorrow and be stronger during the race.”