Marco Simoncelli on pole for Dutch TT

Simoncelli continued to set the pace in Holland

Simoncelli continued to set the pace in Holland

Marco Simoncelli has taken a second career MotoGP pole position by a narrow margin in qualifying for the Dutch TT at Assen.

The Gresini Honda rider set the early benchmark, before recording the eventual pole time of 1:37.72s with just under 15 minutes remaining.

A late charge from American Ben Spies saw the Yamaha rider finish the session just 0.009s slower than Simoncelli, while Honda’s Casey Stoner improved after a late-session damper adjustment to to secure a front-row start.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and an impressive Cal Crutchlow.

As was the case last time out in Silverstone, rookie Karel Abraham was the pick of the Ducatis. The Moto2 graduate will start from seventh position, while Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Randy de Puniet rounded out the top five.

De Puniet’s team-mate Loris Capirossi was taken to the medical centre after a fall early in the 60 minute session, while LCR Honda’s Tonio Ellias walked away unhurt after his own incident.

Earlier in the day, all three Repsol Honda riders fell in the final practice session, with Dovizioso breaking a bone in his foot.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos Rider Entry Time Gap
1 Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m34.718s
2 Ben Spies Yamaha 1m34.727s 0.009s
3 Casey Stoner Honda 1m35.008s 0.290s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m35.143s 0.425s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m35.244s 0.526s
6 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m35.329s 0.611s
7 Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m35.742s 1.024s
8 Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m35.818s 1.100s
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m35.866s 1.148s
10 Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1m36.435s 1.717s
11 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m36.564s 1.846s
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m36.580s 1.862s
13 Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m36.590s 1.872s
14 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m36.820s 2.102s
15 Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 1m37.130s 2.412s
16 Toni Elias LCR Honda 1m37.651s 2.933s
17 Kousuke Akiyoshi Gresini Honda 1m39.006s 4.288s

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