2017 Assen MotoGP Qualifying Result: Surprises Not All That Surprising

The uncertainty of FP4 was sorted by the time qualifying kicked off, the latest rain shower making it clear that it was going to be a wet session. Not one to lack confidence, Danilo Petrucci didn’t take long to fire in a lap one second faster than anyone else and, while the rest were playing catch-up, the Italian went on to improve further.

His main opponents seemed to be Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, which made it all the more surprising when the Flying Frenchman crossed the line after the checkered flag with six hundredths of a second in hand on the world champion.

No one was able to do better than Johann Zarco, who claimed an impressive but perhaps not entirely surprising pole position, setting himself up for another podium challenge. Marquez will be his closest challenger from second on the grid, with Petrucci adding a Ducati to the front row.

After Zarco’s heroics, Rossi had to settle for fourth place , in front of Q1 survivor Scott Redding, whose run down pitlane following a crash with four minutes to go earned him a fifth place on the grid. The second row will be completed by Jonas Folger, the other Tech 3 rider over a second and a half down on his teammate.

Alvaro Bautista opens row three, ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso – another of the unlikely fallers in the session. After qualifying from Q1 in rather dramatic fashion, Sam Lowes suffered an engine blow-up in the late part of Q2 and settled for tenth place on the grid.

At least he will have the bragging rights that come with being quicker than the championship leader, Maverick Viñales eleventh, and veteran Dani Pedrosa twelfth. Add Jorge Lorenzo still struggling in twenty-first position and the picture looks even better for Sam.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'46.141    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.206 0.065 0.065
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.526 0.385 0.320
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.705 0.564 0.179
5 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'47.574 1.433 0.869
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'47.663 1.522 0.089
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'47.812 1.671 0.149
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.042 1.901 0.230
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.079 1.938 0.037
10 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'48.128 1.987 0.049
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.266 2.125 0.138
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'49.623 3.482 1.357
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'46.926    
Q2 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'47.191 0.265 0.265
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'47.217 0.291 0.026
14 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'47.234 0.308 0.017
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'47.277 0.351 0.043
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'47.649 0.723 0.372
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'47.804 0.878 0.155
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.947 1.021 0.143
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'47.957 1.031 0.010
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'48.080 1.154 0.123
21 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.219 1.293 0.139
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'48.448 1.522 0.229
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'48.700 1.774 0.252

 

Round Number: 
8
2017
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Comments

Great qualifying by Sam. (Where is Aliex now ?)
Really pleased that he got (half) a chance to show his potential. If not for the broken engine, on another personal best lap, then Sam would have been row 2 or 3 without a doubt.
Aprilia need to question their bikes reliability and not Sams steadily improving  rookie performance..