Moto GP riders furious over Assen FP1



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Moto GP riders furious over Assen FP1

Assen turned out to be a tough race, as conditions were poor with a fully wet FP1 session. Many bikers were dissatisfied, and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira gave his opinion. “Unrideable, this was over the limit for me,” KTM’s Miguel Oliveira said for motorsport.

“The start of FP1 was unrideable, I could not even see the lights on the back of the riders. “Definitely to go alone was hard with the aquaplaning, and to race for sure it was impossible. Assen turned out to be a tough race, as conditions were poor with a fully wet FP1 session.

Many bikers were dissatisfied, and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira gave his opinion. “For sure this is over the limit. At the end of Moto3 it was quite OK, but looks like in our session though you might not feel the rain, there was a lot of standing water.

“But at this point in the middle of the practice just to stop and say, ‘I’m not going out anymore’, also because the second part was getting better and better, it’s tricky for us to stop”.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro had something to say: “I stopped in the garage because I didn’t want to crash. On the straight I was aquaplaning, 8/9 a lot of aquaplaning, and the back of the circuit”. Fabio Quartararo also spoke about conditions.

“This morning, when you do aquaplaning on the straight in fifth or sixth gear, nobody really sees this,” Quartararo said. “When I stopped in the box, I said, ‘This is really dangerous’. Then, on the corners it was OK.

But if someone crashed just here it was another story, but I’m not a steward. “If it’s dangerous and people are improving, of course you need to go and improve. “But this is not our responsibility. It’s the responsibility of race direction to see the conditions and listen to the riders”.

Jack Miller's opinion

Jack Miller disagreed with many: “Before I pitted it was getting pretty dodgy out there, a lot of standing water,” he said. “There’s a lot of camber on the corners, and it holds a bit more water, so that was getting a bit more dodgy.

"Everything else felt fantastic. Aquaplaning, you can’t avoid, you can’t do much when it happens. But the rest was good, the grip’s definitely a lot better than it used to be around here in the wet. “I think you can tell that from the number of crashes and the times were really quick.

“I mean, at the end of the day everyone has their own common sense. If you want to go out and ride in it, go out and ride in it. If you don’t, go sit in the box”.