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Thursday at Assen with Tony Goldsmith

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Dani Pedrosa set a new outright lap record on his way to the fastest time on the opening day at Assen.

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Jorge Lorenzo was unhappy with his pace at the end of the first day complaining of excessive corner exit wheelie and a lack of edge grip.

2015, MotoGP, TT Circuit Assen, The Dutch TT, FP1

Valentino Rossi was quickest during this morning FP1 session.

2015, MotoGP, TT Circuit Assen, The Dutch TT, FP1

Marc Marquez was happy with his free practice performance on day 1 which saw him running the 2014 chassis with the 2015 engine a swingarm.

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Jack Miller during FP1.

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Aleix Esparagaro all alone during FP1.  He finished the day 8th on the timesheets.

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Cal Crutchlow returns to his pit box towards the end of FP2.

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Maverick Vinalles leaves his pit box during FP2.

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Andrea Dovizioso set the 7th fastest time of the day, only 0.4sec behind Dani Pedrosa.

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Jorge Lorenzo was using the new Yamaha chassis which the team tested in Aragon after the rain effected official test in Catalunya.

2015, MotoGP, TT Circuit Assen, The Dutch TT, FP1

Marc Marquez was very happy at the end of the first day despite a small mishap on his first outlap in FP1 which left him on his side in the grass.

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Cal Crutchlow ending up with the 5th fastest time after spending most of the day working on race pace.

2015, MotoGP, TT Circuit Assen, The Dutch TT, FP1

Eugene Laverty finally got his hands on the updated swingarm for his production Honda and was delighted with the improvements particularly in corner entry.

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Dani Pedrosa waits patiently while his crew ready his Honda at the start of FP2.

Photos: © 2015 Tony Goldsmith / www.tonygoldsmith.net – All Rights Reserved

Tony Goldsmith is an Isle of Man based freelance motorcycle racing photographer specialising in MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT races. His website can be found at www.tonygoldsmith.net. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Tony Goldsmith

Tony Goldsmith is a freelance motorcycle racing photographer based in the Isle of Man. He specializes in taking photos of the MotoGP Championship, as well as the Isle of Man TT road races.

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