Mir leads Hondas home in Assen Sprint

Assen, July 1, 2024: A day of progress for Joan Mir as he captured 14th in the Sprint, pleased with data gathered as attentions turn to Sunday. Luca Marini was victim to an unforunate early end.

Repsol Honda Team Rider Joan Mir at the DutchGP

 

With an intense evening of work behind them, the Repsol Honda Team approached Saturday with their usual determination, aiming to extract all the day had to offer. Joan Mir recovered well from a tough Friday to improve his one-lap pace into the 1’32s for Q1 and end two tenths behind leading Honda Zarco. Following this up with a strong start when the lights went out in the race, Mir would set a steady and consistent pace in the Sprint to end in 14th. Avoiding any mistake, the #36 finished well and gathered important information for the future while demonstrating his pace.

Luca Marini qualified just 0.130s behind his teammate and was eager to put together a strong Sprint to gather data to improve further on Sunday. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire early with an issue during the opening stages of the race. The Repsol Honda Team will take the time to fully diagnose what occured but are already confident it will not be a factor during the Grand Prix.

The 26-lap Dutch GP is scheduled to commence at 14:00 Local Time before the quick turn around for the MotoGP paddock to the German GP next week.

Joan Mir (14th)

“We had a solid race today; our pace was quite consistent, and I felt like I put in a lot of effort. We know the areas we have to improve and at the moment it’s about giving the best of myself each time we’re on the bike. Right now it’s very important to finish races, get information and work for things to come in the future. Another chance to go again tomorrow in the full race and see we can do over the longer distance, the conditions could change a lot.”

Luca Marini (DNF)

At the start I already felt something strange with the bike and after a lap I had to come back to the pit. I wanted to understand the hard front, so I tried to continue but it was clear we weren’t able to. The team will investigate what happened deeply, but we already know it won’t be a problem tomorrow – this is always positive. We can learn a lot from the Sprint so we just two laps we missed out on some data, especially in regard to the tyres. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

 

 

Dutch TT – Sprint Result

 

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 12 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 19’58.090
2 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 9 Pramac Racing Ducati 2.355
3 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 4.103
4 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 6.377
5 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 5 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 8.869
6 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 9.727
7 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA 3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 10.828
8 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA 2 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 13.196
9 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA 1 Pramac Racing Ducati 13.560
10 ACOSTA PEDRO 31 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 15.972
11 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 0 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 16.036
12 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 16.082
13 MILLER JACK 43 AUS 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 18.739
14 MIR JOAN 36 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 21.791
15 FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO 37 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 22.450
16 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda 23.690
17 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 24.430
18 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 29.568
19 RINS ALEX 42 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’23.553
20 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
21 SAVADORI LORENZO 32 ITA DNF Aprilia Test Team Aprilia DNF
22 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA DNF Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
23 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA DNF Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati DNF

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