Ben Spies may not have had the best MotoGP season thus far, but the American rider is undoubtedly comfortable at the Circuit van Drenthe in Assen, Holland. After winning the race at the track last year, Spies proved he was still the man to beat by topping the initial test at the track, according to Crash.net.
The test appears a bit different than the standings that MotoGP competitors may be used to, with the Jorge Lorenzo's and Casey Stoner's of the world buried under some of the less-competitive names. Spies turned in the fastest lap time of 1:34.866 to top the list.
"Today was a good day, both this morning and this afternoon," Spies told the news source. "In the second session we did almost race distance on the tires in case it rains tomorrow to be ready for Saturday. The bike feels good so we're going to continue on this path and try to make the bike even better for tomorrow and Saturday."
Fresh off his great showing at Silverstone, Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow was the second fastest rider, behind Spies by less than .01 of a second. Ducati's Nicky Hayden put in a strong showing for third. Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Stoner finished fifth through seventh, respectively.