MotoGP – Dutch Gp – Qualifying
The Cathedral of Speed is ready for some Moto GP. The 8th race of the championship takes place on the mighty circuit of TT Assen, and the riders are ready for a tough battle starting with qualifying.
Q1 started with the presence of Dani Pedrosa, Alex Rins, Jack Miller and Johan Zarco as the main candidates to advance to Q2. Miller and Rins started strong and were the 2 drivers at the top after stint 1, but the coin was still on the air, The Monster Tech3 lead at the start of 2nd stint, but their leadership didn´t last long, with Rins, Nakajima and Miller at front with few minutes to go. Just before the Qualy ended, Johan Zarco wasn´t going to miss Q2, and made an expetional lap that catapults him to Q2 alongside with Rins. Nakagami, Rabat, Syahin, Miller, Redding, Pedrosa, Abraham, Pol Esp., Luthi, Simeon and Morbidelli represents places 13th to 22th respectively; a mention to Pedrosa, who didn´t show his true potencial this weekend, with a 2nd worst all time Qualy in his carrer.
Q2 hit green light, and top 12 started the battle for the pole. Rins, Petrucci and Zarco were at the lead and then Marquez established the best time at the moment without problems. Stint 2 was the real drama, with so many changes between times. The riders that were on front (Lorenzo and Rins) ended almost at the back after a stampede of “red partials” of the drivers. With an epic ending of Q2, it was Marquez who won the right to be on front, follow up closely by Crutchlow, Rossi and Dovizioso, with a gap of 0.079 between the riders. The rest of the riders wasn´t far from top, Rins, Viñales Aleix Espargaró, Zarco, Iannone, Lorenzo and Petrucci were ended 5th to 11th respectively, with a gap of 0.501 between first and last; the only big gap was from Bautista, with a 1.2 second gap at 12th place.
With qualifying set, Marquez looks foward to take his second carrer victory at TT Assen and extend his leadership at the Championship; But the Cathedral is well known for its unexpected surprises at the races. Can the Doctor take a back to back win at Holland? or maybe a Ducati will end at the top spot? The answer will be revealed tomorrow.