Rookie Zarco Stuns Assen for First MotoGP Pole

Johann Zarco took his first ever premier class pole position at the Dutch GP, dueling it out with reigning Champion Marc Marquez as the final few seconds ticked down. Marquez crossed the line first and first – but the Frenchman almost immediately hit back to take his first MotoGP pole on his final lap. Zarco’s Assen heroics also make it the first French pole since Olivier Jacque in 2002. Another superstar in the battle was Danilo Petrucci, who followed up his first ever front row in the Catalan GP by repeating the feat in the Netherlands in very different conditions.

 

Valentino Rossi looked a contender for the top spot until his final sector, and although missing out the ‘Doctor’ will head the second row and has good scope to attack. Scott Redding starts a season-best fifth after graduating from Q1 and topping FP3 despite a low drama crash, and Jonas Folger completes Row 2 in another impressive session from another rider with a reputation for excellence in the rain. Alvaro Bautista crossed the line in P7 ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, with Andrea Dovizioso completing the third row. Sam Lowes made the most of his first ever Q2 appearance, taking a top ten start to head up Row 4 – and ahead of championship leader Maverick Viñales. Dani Pedrosa was P12.

 

Pos.

Rider

Team

Time

1 Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’46.141
2 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’46.206
3 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Racing 1’46.526
4 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’46.705
5 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Racing 1’47.574
6 Jonas FOLGER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.663
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’47.812
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1’48.042
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’48.079
10 Sam LOWES Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’48.128
11 Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’48.266
12 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’49.623

 

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