Marco Simoncelli (Honda) took pole position for tomorrow’s Assen MotoGP round earlier today with Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1/100th of a second behind him. Points leader Casey Stoner (Honda) was third quickest, and will fill out the front row.
Valentino Rossi completed his first qualifying session aboard his new Ducati Desmosidici 11.1 (see our story here) in disappointing fashion – finishing in 11th position to start on the fourth row tomorrow. Spies and teammate Jorge Lorenzo (who qualified fourth) are both sporting special livery commemorating Yamaha’s 50th anniversary in Grand Prix racing (see photo).
For additional qualifying results, visit the official MotoGP site.