Career pole number 75 for Marquez

Pole #75 for Marquez
Pole #75 for Marquez

So close was today’s qualifying session in Assen that the riders on the front row ended up within just 0.059", whilst the top-10 were split by less than 4 tenths of a second.

Well aware of how tight things were going to be today, and will be tomorrow, Marc Marquez worked hard with his crew to prepare for both the race and for the time-attack, which earned him his 75th career pole and 47th pole in MotoGP (his first in MotoGP at Assen).

The Championship leader topped all three sessions today, showing good race pace and blistering speed.

“So far this weekend, things are going better than we were hoping for," said Marquez.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]"The pole has not been one of my strongest points this year, and actually this will be the first time I’ll start form the top spot, because in Austin I earned the pole but was moved back to fourth. I was very happy with the rhythm I could keep in FP3 and FP4 and now I’m even more happy for the Q2 result.

"We’re trying and working in a good way. At this track stability is one of the main targets to achieve and step by step we improved that a bit. Our first goal is a podium finish but honestly we now have the possibility to fight for the victory. We must remain focused and work well in tomorrow’s warm-up to try and make another little step to improve the stability and to make the final choice for the tires."

It’s Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) who starts second and as top Independent Team rider, with 10-time winner at the venue Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the front row.

The mad dash for pole was true to its name as the final 30 seconds saw everything shuffle and shuffle again, with Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) initially seeming to have the advantage before that final lap for the majority of those in the session – and the emergence of Marquez at the top. But it’s just 0.041 back to Crutchlow and 0.059 back to Rossi, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) heading the second row despite only being 0.079 off pole!

Marquez is on his way to another title
Marquez is on his way to another title

The Italian is joined on Row 2 by the first of the Q1 graduates as Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) impressed on his first run and his second to secure P5 as top Hamamatsu factory machine. Friday’s fastest Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts sixth and still within two tenths of pole, with the Spaniard hoping for a better launch off the line than in Barcelona.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) continued his solid weekend as he converted automatic entry to Q2 into seventh on the grid – as well as making it five manufacturers in the top seven. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who topped Q1 after a stunning final dash, starts from the middle of the third row – just getting the better of Iannone, who lost out in the last few seconds.

Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nat Team Make Behind
1S MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.791 Q2
2 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.041 Q2
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.059 Q2
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.079 Q2
5 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.142 Q2
6 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.193 Q2
7 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.238 Q2
8 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.281 Q2
9 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.329 Q2
10 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.376 Q2
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.501 Q2
12 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.224 Q2
13 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'33.625 Q1
14 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.088 Q1
15 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.088 Q1
16 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.094 Q1
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.417 Q1
18 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.547 Q1
19 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 0.567 Q1
20 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.571 Q1
21 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.690 Q1
22 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.614 Q1
23 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.068 Q1
24 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 0.593 Q1

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