The oil spill which caused the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Assen to be red-flagged eventually ended up having major consequences. Alex Baldolini toured for nearly a quarter of a lap dropping oil on the track in the pouring rain before realizing that his engine had a problem and pulling off the track.
Because of the length of the oil spill - the whole section from the Bult to Mandeveen corners was contaminated - and the fact that the oil had been spilled on a wet track, the clean up procedure took much longer than hoped, leaving the FIM to decide to cancel all activity for the rest of the afternoon. Although the FIM fully backed the efforts and methods selected by the Dutch circuit to clean the track, they felt that the amount of time remaining at the end of the day was not sufficient to run three sessions of free practice for all three classes, with enough time between the classes to ensure the track was safe.
The FIM decided to cancel the remaining sessions, and to compensate the fans - a few thousand - who turned up, the circuit will allow anyone with a one-day ticket for Thursday entry on Friday.