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Simoncelli and Spies Fight Over Pole Position at Assen; Rossi Qualifies Way Back in 11th

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.


  1. Norm G. says:

    re: “Simoncelli and Spies Fight Over Pole Position at Assen”

    next story headline at MD…

    “Simoncelli Takes Himself Out Yet Again Along With Another Points Leader at Assen”

  2. MikeD says:

    HAAA, where are Rossi’s Cheerleaders that were picking on me the other day around here when he most need them ? 11th…LMAO.

  3. Artem_T says:

    Cool. Yamaha is in its winning colors.

  4. Jon says:

    Thanks for that Rich. Would you mind telling me the rest of the finishing positions, just so I can have absolutely nothing about the race to look forward to?

  5. Rich says:

    Spies won the race hours ago. And Simoncelli crashed yet again taking out Lorenzo with him.

  6. John A. Kuzmenko says:

    Remember, this is a Saturday race, folks.
    I hope Spies does very well. 🙂

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