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Assen MotoGP Qualifying Results


Mixed weather during Q2 at Assen earlier today led to some unpredictable results.  Marc Marquez (Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Suzuki) both crashed shortly after the session started. Marquez grabbed a fan’s scooter (after asking for permission) in order to hurry back to the pits … where he re-mounted to eventually take the fourth spot.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso mastered the conditions to take pole with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) second and Scott Redding (Ducati) earning his first-ever MotoGP front row start.

Below is full Q2 results.  Stay tuned for a race report tomorrow on MD.

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 1’45.246
2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’45.961 0.715 / 0.715
3 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1’46.312 1.066 / 0.351
4 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’46.430 1.184 / 0.118
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda Honda 1’46.568 1.322 / 0.138
6 Yonny HERNANDEZ Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’46.828 1.582 / 0.260
7 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’46.997 1.751 / 0.169
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’47.118 1.872 / 0.121
9 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team Ducati 1’47.567 2.321 / 0.449
10 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1’47.601 2.355 / 0.034
11 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’47.897 2.651 / 0.296
12 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’48.415 3.169 / 0.518


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  1. VLJ says:

    Rossi was right near the top from P2 on, in every weather/track condition. You always have to like his chances at Assen anyway, but especially in changeable conditions, particularly when Lorenzo is riding around as if on eggshells.

    Tomorrow will be another test of Marquez’s burgeoning maturity. He likely won’t be able to run with Rossi and Dovi in the wet or semi-wet, but will he toss it down the road rather than collect solid third- or fourth-place points and live to fight another day?

    I predict the latter. He seems to have turned the corner, mentally and emotionally. He won’t be willing to risk surrendering a full twenty-five points if Rossi checks out on everyone. He’ll minimize the damage and move on.

    I sure hope they keep a camera on Iannone the whole race. Could be hilarious.

  2. Brian says:

    Should be entertaining to see Lorenzo and Ianonne charging through the field.

  3. xLaYN says:

    those winglets are weird.
    I see transformer winglets in the 2,018, ninja 300

  4. Marc says:

    Bad day for Dani 16th!…….

  5. mickey says:

    Dovi, Redding, Crutchlow, Hernandez in the top 6 and breathing rarified air. Lorenzo 11 and Pedrosa where? what is going on? lol

    • VLJ says:

      As closely as you’ve followed the guy his entire career, any theories on why Pedrosa has just completely lost the plot this season?

      • Pacer says:

        I’ll take a guess. The bike wants to wheelie, and he doesn’t have the size to man handle it. Oh, and also the R&D is focused on Marquez’s desires.

        • stinkywheels says:

          I was just reading about the steps Michelin has had to take to stop the tire failures, quickly. It seemed that it was happening to the heaviest riders on the highest HP bikes. When they changed the construction to alleviate this, it made it impossible for the little guys to make the tires work right. That, and the Nicky problem, most favored rider get the bike designed for him, and teammate suffers. That seemed to make sense to me. They’re not gonna be able to make more tires available for little guys, the big fellas might use them and have more blowouts.

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