2014 Assen MotoGP QP: Conditions Wreak Havoc
Full Recap and Results Below:
Light rain fell at the beginning of MotoGP Q2 for the Dutch TT at Assen which saw the entire field exit the pit lane at the same time and partake in a chaotic five minute scramble for pole position. The early minutes resembled the first lap of a race rather than a qualifying session as Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro rode with an extremely canny strategy to hang back from he squabbling pack. He went on to take his first pole by over a second with a time of 1:38.789 as Marc Marquez had to be content with second place, finishing ahead of his team mate Dani Pedrosa who rounds out the front row. The rain became too heavy for slicks after the opening five minutes and the riders had no choice but to retreat to their respective pit garages.
The Ducati's of Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow were the big winners in the session and took fourth and fifth places, Crutchlow in particular would be delighted after just scraping through the Q1 session beforehand. Bradley Smith completes row two while Andrea Dovizioso will head up the third row and be joined by Stefan Bradl and a disappointed Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi capped off a horrible session for the factory Yamaha team and will start tomorrow's race in twelfth place at the rear of the row four.
|1||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'38.789|
|18||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1'35.484||1.210||0.138|
|23||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'35.980||1.706||0.188|