Marquez fastest in frantic end to qualifying

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Marc Marquez will start the Dutch round of MotoGP from pole position after a frenetic end to qualifying at Assen.

The Spaniard was the fastest of eight riders who crossed the finish line in quick succession with the chequered flag out, as the ultimate top four was separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) had been fastest when the 15-minute session timed out, only to be bundled all the way back to ninth on the starting grid for Sunday afternoon’s 26-lap grand prix.

Instead, Marquez will start from pole alongside fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Johann Zarco was at the front of the train in the final moments and went fastest with a 1:33:072s on his Tech3 Yamaha.

He lasted less than a second on pole position before Marquez crossed the stripe to set a 1:32.791s on the #93 Repsol Honda.

Rossi was briefly second-fastest before being edged by Crutchlow as the LCR Honda rider falling just 0.041s short of his factory counterpart.

The pole is only Marquez’s second of the season and represents the first time he will start from first position after incurring a grid penalty in the United States.

Row 2 will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha), Rins having just made it out of Qualifying 1.

Aleix Espargaro put his Gresini Aprilia seventh on the grid next to Zarco, the other Q1 graduate, and Iannone.

Jorge Lorenzo was provisionally set to record a second pole in as many races as the final minute of Qualifying 2 began, but was shuffled all the way back to 10th on the #99 Ducati Team entry.

He will share the fourth row of the grid with the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci and Alvaro Bautista, who qualified a season-best 12th on his Nieto Ducati.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was fastest after the first runs of Q1 but couldn’t improve enough on his second tyre set and will start 16th.

Dani Pedrosa was uncompetitive in the first quarter-hour stanza of qualifying, earning only 18th on the grid on his Repsol Honda.

Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS Honda) is out for the weekend after breaking his left hand in a nasty crash during Free Practice 3.

Race start in Round 8 of the season is Sunday night at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: Dutch TT

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.791
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:32.832 0.041 / 0.041
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.850 0.059 / 0.018
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.870 0.079 / 0.020
5 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.933 0.142 / 0.063
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.984 0.193 / 0.051
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.029 0.238 / 0.045
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:33.072 0.281 / 0.043
9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:33.120 0.329 / 0.048
10 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:33.167 0.376 / 0.047
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.292 0.501 / 0.125
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:34.015 1.224 / 0.723
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:33.625 Q1 / Q1
14 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:33.666 Q1 / 0.041
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:33.666 Q1 / 0.000
16 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.672 Q1 / 0.006
17 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.995 Q1 / 0.323
18 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:34.125 Q1 / 0.130
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:34.145 Q1 / 0.020
20 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:34.149 Q1 / 0.004
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:34.268 Q1 / 0.119
22 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:35.192 Q1 / 0.924
23 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:35.646 Q1 / 0.454
21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda

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