Assen MotoGP: Quartararo scores another pole, Rossi 14th

Fabio Quartararo obliterated his own lap record to top qualifying for MotoGP's Dutch TT and take the third pole of his rookie career, with Valentino Rossi only qualifying 14th.

Assen MotoGP: Quartararo scores another pole, Rossi 14th

Quartararo set a time of 1m32.017, nearly half a second faster than his FP3 time, which was also a new lap record.

The Frenchman was a close second behind the Suzuki of Alex Rins after the first runs, but he made a big improvement after his mid-session pitstops.

First, it was Maverick Vinales demoting Rins, but Quartararo went faster than his factory counterpart by 0.140s.

Vinales will complete a Yamaha 1-2 on the grid with Rins settling for third, having improved by only 0.003s on his second run.

Marc Marquez will not start from the front row for the first time this year as he was fourth in qualifying.

He miraculously avoided a crash at Turn 1, and then followed Andrea Dovizioso on his final lap, but he got too close to the Italian and couldn't improve.

Joan Mir brought the second Suzuki into the top five, despite only making it to Q2 after Valentino Rossi's top time was deleted at the end of FP3.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was sixth ahead of the top Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, who was 1.2s off the pace.

Crutchlow's teammate Takaaki Nakagami was eighth ahead of Franco Morbidelli (SIC Yamaha) and Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati).

Dovizioso was a disappointing 11th, with KTM's Pol Espargaro rounding out the Q2.

Rins controls Q1, Espargaro impresses

Rins dominated the first part of qualifying, leading from his first flying lap until the finish.

He had a six-tenth advantage over Francesco Bagnaia after his first run and then made a small improvement just before the chequered flag to end up with a 1m32.710s.

Bagnaia was eventually denied a Q2 spot by Pol Espargaro, who made a heroic effort to go through with an injured right wrist, a legacy of a crash in the Barcelona post-race test.

The Pramac Ducati rider will start 13th alongside his mentor Valentino Rossi, who missed out on Q2 by 0.166s.

He suffered his worst qualifying at Assen since 2006, when he was 18th.

The also injured Aleix Espargaro qualified 15th, beating his teammate Andrea Iannone, down in 20th, by four tenths.

KTM's Johann Zarco was a disappointing 18th, having done his first run with a hard rear tyre, and then crashed at T5 after switching to a soft.

Tito Rabat had a tumble in FP4 and missed the first run, eventually qualifying last by six tenths.

Q2 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 7 1'32.017  
2 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 8 1'32.157 0.140
3 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 6 1'32.458 0.441
4 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 7 1'32.731 0.714
5 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 8 1'33.085 1.068
6 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 8 1'33.228 1.211
7 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 7 1'33.282 1.265
8 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 8 1'33.295 1.278
9 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 8 1'33.314 1.297
10 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 8 1'33.323 1.306
11 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 7 1'33.692 1.675
12 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 3 1'33.762 1.745

 

Q1 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 7 1'32.710  
2 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 7 1'33.170 0.460
3 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 8 1'33.221 0.511
4 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 7 1'33.466 0.756
5 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 7 1'33.547 0.837
6 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 7 1'33.583 0.873
7 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 7 1'33.706 0.996
8 France Johann Zarco KTM 7 1'33.776 1.066
9 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 7 1'33.869 1.159
10 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 7 1'33.960 1.250
11 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 8 1'34.580 1.870
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