MotoGP: Pedrosa Leads Opening Day At Assen With Record Lap
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Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda set the fastest ever lap at TT Circuit Assen by a motorcycle on the opening day of the Dutch GP, earning him the top spot on the combined timesheets for the day. His incredible 1:33.450 set during FP2 beat the previous circuit record of 1:33.462, set by his teammate Marc Marquez last year. 

TT Circuit Assen, the only track that has been raced at every year since the motorcycle World Championship began in 1949, saw fantastic weather; track temperatures reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit during FP2. 

Although Pedrosa's lap that earned him the top spot in the day's combined timesheets was blisteringly quick, the other Repsol Honda of reigning two-time World Champion Marc Marquez was just 0.139-seconds behind. Marquez crashed during his out-lap in FP1 but still managed to have a successful day with this quick time, although slower than the previous track record that he set in 2014. 

Third fastest of the day was nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. He set the fastest time of FP1 on his Movistar Yamaha that features a new frame that debuted last week at a private test in Aragon; this was the first time that he led a session since the round in Indianapolis last year. 

Andrea Iannone of Ducati Team was fourth at 0.249-seconds behind Pedrosa's time. Cal Crutchlow, 0.284-seconds behind, was the top Satellite rider, finishing the day fifth quickest. Sixth fastest was the rider who has won the last four races, Jorge Lorenzo, 0.291-seconds behind Pedrosa. 

Behind Lorenzo was the other Ducati Team GP15 of Andrea Dovizioso with his fastest lap being 0.394-seconds behind the top time set by Pedrosa. Aleix Espargaro, who earned Suzuki's first pole since 2007 at Barcelona, the most recent round of the championship, was eighth fastest, followed by Danilo Petrucci of Octo Pramac Racing and, completing the top-10, Espargaro's Team Suzuki Ecstar teammate Maverick Viñales on the other GSX-RR entry. 

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Aaron Durant is the editor of the VAVEL USA Racing section. Follow him on Twitter at @DoubleA291. 

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