Juanfran Guevara targets Assen race fightback

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After a surprisingly dry first day at Assen it was business as usual for the Dutch TT today as the typically changeable weather conditions began to affect proceedings in qualifying.

Moto3 took place under heavy clouds that gave way to a light shower although it proved to be little more than a distraction as the track remained largely dry and the lap times tumbled at the top of the order.

After the early dominance of Romano Fenati the session was led for the most part by Alex Márquez until two minutes from the end when Jack Miller came through to clock a 1.42.240 and snatch pole position on a tight grid, with eighteen riders all lapping inside the same second.

Juanfran Guevara did a superb job this morning, fulfilling his promise from yesterday as he made critical changes to his set-up and went seventh fastest as a result.

Unfortunately in the afternoon he was one of a number of riders caught out by the weather and even though he rode bravely to improve his time on his final lap it was not enough to improve on his morning effort and qualified him in twentieth place.

Despite his grid position the MAPFRE Aspar is taking the positives from his day’s work and targeting a repeat of this morning’s free practice pace in the race tomorrow, which should see him fight through the pack and into the points.

20th Juanfran Guevara 1.43.393 (17 laps):
“Even though the grid position is quite far back the positive thing is that we set a good pace this morning and my feeling with the bike was excellent. It was a bit of a hectic session because of the rain and we didn’t know exactly what the track conditions were or how hard we could push. We lost fifteen valuable minutes in the middle of the session because of the rain but more or less we are clear about the set-up, certainly more clear than we have been in recent races. That makes me confident that we can fight through for a good result tomorrow. We will have to take care at the start because there will be a lot of riders going crazy in the first few corners but once we get into the second section I’ll be pushing hard to make up as many positions as possible.”

Source: Aspar Media

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