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Remy Gardner takes first grand prix pole position

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Sunday 30th June, 2019 - 12:58am

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Remy Gardner pic: MotoGP.com

Remy Gardner is now a grand prix pole-sitter after qualifying fastest for the eighth Moto2 race of the season in Assen.

The Australian was almost six tenths up on the field after the three practice sessions, which determine the starting order for the two-part qualifying process which was introduced to the junior classes this year.

However, he faced a far sterner challenge come qualifying, first when Xavi Vierge put himself half a second faster than the rest on his Marc VDS Kalex.

Brad Binder then went and pipped the Spaniard by 0.034s with a 1:36.682s on his factory KTM while Gardner was back in 14th with just over a couple of minutes left to run.

The second-generation rider would then take the #87 SAG Kalex lay to a 1:36.666s, which he backed up with a 1:36.572s on his next lap.

With no further movements onto the front row, Gardner ended the session with a margin of 0.110s over Binder, while championship leader Alex Marquez is set to start fourth on the second of the Marc VDS entries.

The 24-lap grand prix is due to get underway on Sunday at 2020 AEST.

CLICK HERE for MotoGP qualifying report.

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