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Cal Crutchlow Gets First Pole at Assen

We haven’t had a British rider take pole position in the Premier class since 2002.  Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) changed that when he grabbed the top spot in qualifying for tomorrow’s TT at Assen.  Also on the front row tomorrow will be Marc Marquez (Honda) and Stefan Bradl (Honda).  Points leader Dani Pedrosa (Honda) slotted into the middle of the second row, just behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).  We will post race results later this weekend.

Pos.

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1

35

Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

302.0

1’34.398

2

93

Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

305.0

1’34.755

0.357 / 0.357

3

6

Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

302.9

1’34.878

0.480 / 0.123

4

46

Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

299.4

1’34.974

0.576 / 0.096

5

26

Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

305.6

1’35.006

0.608 / 0.032

6

38

Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

301.2

1’35.454

1.056 / 0.448

7

41

Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART

290.3

1’35.500

1.102 / 0.046

8

19

Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda

301.9

1’35.508

1.110 / 0.008

9

14

Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART

289.4

1’35.622

1.224 / 0.114

10

69

Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati

302.2

1’35.908

1.510 / 0.286

 

24 Comments

  1. Vrooom says:

    Who was the last non-factory rider to qualify on pole? Simoncelli perhaps?

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  2. GuyLR says:

    What a day for Yamaha. The Doctor kisses the top step, Cal takes another podium and points away from Dani and Lorenzo becomes an MotoGP Iron Man legend!

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  3. Dave says:

    Espargaro in 7th on a CRT. closer all the time.

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  4. Pork Chop Express says:

    Cal is a beast! He deserves a full factory ride.

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    • VLJ says:

      The only one available next season is Nicky’s ride at Ducati. If I’m Cal…no thanks, guys. I’ll just stay right where I am, on a clearly competitive bike. Of course Yamaha will have to pony up for that, but they will.

      I still don’t know why on earth Davizioso left Honda to move to a bike that has zero chance of being a factor. Were the $$ THAT much better?

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      • Dave says:

        Re: “I still don’t know why on earth Davizioso left Honda”

        I don’t believe Honda gave him a choice. Besides, he then went to the Tech 3 Yamaha. He’s done pretty well on the Ducati where he was probably given development promises and a pretty big paycheck.

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      • mickey says:

        Why will Nickys ride be available?

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        • VLJ says:

          Because he made sure to sign only a one-year deal this past offseason. Knowing how bad the bike was going to be this year (with Ducati’s management having let the entire team know right from the start that there would be no all-new redesign for 2013, which Hayden knew his bike sorely needed), he did not want to be locked into more than a single-year deal with that albatross. So, his ride is currently the only one that is not already signed for the 2014 season. That’s it. Unless Yamaha were to create a third factory team for him next year (not bloody likely when they’ve already got Lorenzo plus the biggest star in the moto-universe signed) that’s the only factory ride potentially available for Crutchlow, or for anyone else.

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  5. MGNorge says:

    Does Cal’s chain look just a tad loose?

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  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “Jorge is flying back to start tomorrow’s race from 12th on the grid if the weather and track doctors will cooperate.”

    he was administered anesthesia less than 48hrs ago. from my understanding that supercedes everything… weather, doctors, and my mother.

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  7. mickey says:

    Maybe we can see a picture of Crutchlow smiling now.

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  8. Ricardo says:

    Great news on Cal, excellent rider and the guy to watch this season…

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  9. GuyLR says:

    Go Cal! Meanwhile Jorge is flying back to start tomorrow’s race from 12th on the grid if the weather and track doctors will cooperate.

    But hey, check out Moto2 for the real action. The top 20 qualifiers are within 1 second of each other. The top 30 within 1.5 second of pole. Now that’s close.

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    • GuyLR says:

      Oops, sorry that JUST the first 27 riders within 1.5 second of pole. Don’t want to spread any false info.

      This is going to be a hectic weekend for watching racing with MotoGP at the Cathedral of Speed and SBK at Imola. Haga’s back!

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