Celestino Vietti in Top 10 in a tight qualifying at Assen


The Italian will start the Dutch TT from tenth, with Marcel Schrötter in 22nd.

The second day of the Dutch TT was a productive one for Red Bull KTM Ajo. Celestino Vietti achieved the tenth best time and will start the race from the fourth row of the grid, while Marcel Schrötter will be on Row 8.

The second and final Practice took place with better conditions than on Friday. Vietti and Schrötter focused on continuing to improve their times, the Italian taking a step forward and noticeably finding a better feeling. He managed to lower his time by more than a second from Day 1, and after 15 laps clocked his best lap of 1:35.697 for ninth position. Schrötter felt much more comfortable on the Red Bull KTM Ajo and made fast progress. He was hindered by a yellow flag when on a hot lap, and a 1:37.918 on his 14th lap of 17 put him 27th.

Schrötter was required to go through Q1 in Assen. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider continued to show improvements and tried to reach the Top 4, but his 1:36.655 on his last lap was not enough and he finished eighth, putting him 22nd on the grid. In Q2, Vietti pushed as hard as possible in a very tight qualifying session, in which a large number of the riders were within the same second. After 8 laps and a late scramble for the top spots, Vietti achieved the tenth best time on his penultimate attempt, with a 1:36.046 that puts him on the fourth row.

The Dutch TT Moto2 race will be held on Sunday at 12:15 pm local time.


Results Qualifying
1. Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro) 1:35.269
2. Ai Ogura (Boscoscuro) 1:35.499 +0.230
3. Sergio Garcia (Boscoscuro) 1:35.623 +0.354
4. Manuel Gonzalez (Kalex) 1:35.640 +0.476
5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:35.745 +0.476
10. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.046 +0.777
22. Marcel Schrötter (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.655 +0.516 *Q1 Time



“We have improved compared to yesterday, not only in terms of my riding style but also my feeling with the bike. The rhythm and speed is there, but I need to improve my qualifying strategy, because I am always missing something and I struggle to set a clean lap. Overall I am happy, as we are not too far off. Tomorrow I hope to get a great start be able to overtake others and finish as close as possible to the guys at the front.”

“Overall, I think we are satisfied with our work. In every session we have taken steps forward. This morning I was a bit unlucky with the yellow flags. We had a decent qualifying, although I am not 100% happy with it. I saw some improvement on my last fast lap in qualifying, so I am optimistic for tomorrow’s race. We are much closer, and we will work in the same way. Thanks again to the team for this opportunity.”