Assen - Spaniard Marc Marquez grabbed pole position after a
frenzied finish to qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday.
With track-side temperatures passing 45 degrees Celsius the
riders burned up the circuit.
With the clock ticking Andrea Iannone, on a Suzuki, held
provisional pole but after all the riders out on the course had finished, the
Italian was relegated to 10th.
Championship leader Marquez was quickest in 1 minute 32.791
The Honda star finished 0.041 seconds faster than team-mate
Cal Crutchlow. Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) completed the front row another
0.018 seconds back.
The first four riders were separated by less than one tenth
of a second and the top 11 by just half a second.
"It was difficult," Marquez said, adding that
"I felt I had a good rhythm even if this is not my srongest
"But I'm starting from pole position tomorrow (Sunday)."
"Nice to have a front row," said Crutchlow, who is
sixth in the championship standings.
He said adding that he felt he had lacked speed in the final
section of the course but added that, "the whole Honda family is doing a
Rossi, who has won 10 races, including eight grand prix at
Assen completes the front row.
"I am very happy," the Italian said.
"Especially after I went off the track in the second
practice session, but I managed to find the right set-up to be able record a
great time and start from the front row."
Dutch MotoGP qualifying times on Saturday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1min 32.791sec 2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 0.041 sec, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.059
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.079, 5. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 0.142, 6. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 0.193,
7. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) 0.238, 8. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha) 0.281, 9. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suzuki) 0.329