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2011 MotoGP Assen Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2011 Dutch Grand Prix in the 2011 MotoGP Assen photo gallery.

Rossi arrives at Assen with the GP11.1, the 800cc machine utilizing the GP12 chassis.
Valentino Rossi in Thursday Free Practice 1 where he placed second - 2011 Assen TT
The legendary title-winning duo of Burgess and Rossi, working out the kinks on their Ducati partnership. Rossi will utilize a new chassis at Assen.
Ben Spies arrived at Assen looking to put his Silverstone difficulties behind him.
Casey Stoner was 0.290 seconds off the pace of Simoncelli. - Assen qualifying 2011
Andrea Dovizioso: "I’m happy with today's final result. Starting from the second row, at five-tenths from the fastest rider is positive after this morning's incident. I crashed exiting Turn 9 on the second lap as there was a wet spot next to the white strip that you cannot see when you enter the corner." - Assen qualifying 2011
Ben Spies will start from the front row alongside teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Honda's Casey Stoner. - Assen qualifying 2011
Jorge Lorenzo: "I have had problems in the fast corners today, I didn’t have so much grip on the rear so we have work to do for tomorrow. I’m very confident the team will do a good job to be ready to fight for the podium for the 50th Anniversary. Obviously the weather is not helping and we should be ready for both wet and dry conditions.” - Assen qualifying 2011
Cal Crutchlow - Assen qualifying 2011
Colin Edwards - Assen qualifying 2011
Honda's Marco Simoncelli claimed his second pole victory at Assen after a close session with Yamaha's Ben Spies. - Assen qualifying 2011
Nicky Hayden: "We struggled a bit at the beginning of qualifying, and then when we put in the soft tires, we also changed to a different shock setting that helped put some temperature in the tire. I started getting a better feel and going faster, and like always, it would have been nice to get a few more laps. It’s not why we’re on the third row, but when Capirossi crashed, they should have red-flagged the session, because he was in the run-off area of a fast place. We’ve had just about every condition this weekend, so we’ll see what we get tomorrow. It could be a wild race.”
Valentino Rossi: "We’re disappointed with qualifying because we had started quite well yesterday, so clearly, we expected things to go better today. We had a decent session this morning, but we weren’t able to improve, so we’ll start eleventh. The rear of the GP11.1 is better than the previous version, but we weren’t able to find a setup that allowed us to bring the tires up to temperature, and at the moment, that’s making it difficult to find the feeling I need to ride hard and be strong on corner entry." - Assen qualifying 2011
Honda's Casey Stoner extended his championship lead at Assen after taking second behind Yamaha's Ben Spies. - 2011
Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso claimed his third top-three finish of the season at Assen behind teammate, Casey Stoner. - 2011
After winning the race at Assen Marc Marquez is now second in the Moto2 Championship.
Hiroshi Aoyama finished eighth at Assen while filling in for the injured Dani Pedrosa with Repsol Honda. - 2011
Stefan Bradl lost points on Marc Marquez in the Moto2 Championship when he crashed on Lap 20 at Assen.
Ducati's Valentino Rossi earned fourth during his debut race aboard the GP11.1. - Assen 2011
Ben Spies - Assen 2011
Ben Spies takes his first win in MotoGP - 2011 Assen MotoGP
Nicky Hayden: "The first lap or two, the tyres heated up and I felt really good. Then I made a couple of early mistakes. I touched a white line and also pushed the front once and had to go straight at the chicane. Colin passed me, and then I managed to drag him back. I can’t celebrate fifth place too much, but it’s my best dry result of the year and puts us fifth in the points." - Assen 2011
An early crash by Marco Simoncelli also took out Jorge Lorenzo, giving Spies the advantage. - Assen 2011
Ben Spies chats with the media - 2011 Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi: "We’re pretty satisfied with this result because compared to practice, we made a big improvement in the race. It would have been nice had we found the right direction more quickly, but this is a new bike that we’re still learning to work with it, so obviously it takes some experience to get it right." - Assen 2011
Marco Simoncelli - Assen 2011
After crashing because of Simoncelli, Jorge Lorenzo wasn't able to get closer in the standings to Casey Stoner.
The latest rumor to emerge from Suzuki is that it will campaign the 2012 season with its 800cc GSV-R and wait until 2013 to run its 1000cc machine.