With wet conditions in play, MotoGP qualifying was an exercise in confidence, with the Ducatis showing plenty. Andrea Dovizioso continued his good run from the morning session and took a well-deserved pole position, leading Valentino Rossi by seven tenths of a second. Another impressive Ducati was Scott Redding, who got over the disappointment of a crash in FP4 to finish third, staring tomorrow’s race from the front row. The trio set their lap times together, with Rossi leading the group over the line in the final minutes of the qualifying session.
Starting qualifying as favourite after a fast FP4 in wet conditions, Marc Marquez joined the party late and crashed on the outlap. After literally riding a scooter like he stole it, he grabbed his second bike and managed a frantic fourth place after some last lap heroics. He will be joined on the second row by the sister Honda of Cal Crutchlow and a rapid Yonny Hernandez who survived Q1 to post an impressive final result.
The other Q1 graduate, Pol Espargaro, finished right behind Hernandez after leading the session early on. He was followed by his brother, Aleix Espargaro, who will share the third row with Danilo Petrucci after Andrea Iannone’s penalty is applied.
The current world champion rounds up the top ten, Lorenzo continuing to struggle in the tricky wet conditions at Assen. Maverick Viñales was another victim of the weather, getting caught out on his first lap out the pits, unable to restart and needing to set a time on his second bike. He starts behind Lorenzo and in front of Hector Barbera, who narrowly missed out on Q2.
Forced into riding his number two machine after a late crash in FP4, Dani Pedrosa could not advance into Q2, starting tomorrow’s race from the back of the fifth row. As we know, despite posting a top nine laptime, Andrea Iannone will start last, the factory Ducatis bookending the classification.
|Result of Q1|