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2014 TT Assen: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Brilliant Aleix Espargaro Pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 27, 2014 - 02:15 PM
2014 TT Assen: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Brilliant Aleix Espargaro Pole

The MotoGP™ race at the Iveco Daily TT Assen will see Aleix Espargaro get away from pole position on the grid on Saturday, ahead of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on row one, after light rain disrupted Q2.

A group of riders were bunched up in an early dash from pit lane as they sensed light rain could become heavier right at the beginning of the Q2 run, with NGM Forward Racing’s Espargaro initially hanging behind that group and judging the conditions best for the first pole of his Grand Prix career.

The 1’38.789 time which took pole was over five seconds slower than the FP4 pace, whilst Repsol Honda pair Marquez and Pedrosa managed to get onto the front row despite trailing Espargaro by 1.4s and 1.9s respectively.

Another good effort from Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) put him at the front of the second row, where he will be joined by Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) - who sneaked through from Q1 and took advantage for fifth despite struggling in free practice.

Crutchlow’s compatriot and former teammate Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completes row two, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who are all on the third row.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were all four seconds down on the pole time and will therefore all be on the fourth row.

Several riders even switched to wet tyres before the end of the session as the rain got heavier, but fortunately there were no crashes despite the tricky conditions.

MotoGP™ Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Aleix Espargaro SPA Forward Yamaha 1:38.789

2- Marc Marquez SPA Honda +1.405

3- Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda +1.943

Moto2™: Pole in the Netherlands for determined Rabat

Saturday’s intermediate class contest at Assen will see Esteve Rabat at the front of the grid, with Dominique Aegerter and Sam Lowes lining up just behind him.

Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) produced a 1’37.311 lap late in the session to secure his sixth pole of the year on his Kalex ride.

Suter-equipped Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) held provisional pole but eventually missed out by 0.151s and the Swiss rider will be joined on the front row by rookie Lowes (Speed Up) who knows this track well and lapped within 0.363s of pole.

Row two will comprise three Kalex riders, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team), Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing).

The third row will see Frenchman Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) line up ahead of Spaniards Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40) and Ricard Cardus (Tech 3), whilst Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) qualified tenth.

There were crashes for Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2), Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and Robin Mulhauser (Technomag carXpert), though none of them were badly hurt.

Moto2™ Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 1'37.311

2- Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter +0.151

3- Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up +0.363

Moto3™: Pole for championship leader Miller at TT Assen

Jack Miller will start Saturday’s Iveco Daily TT Assen Moto3™ race at the front of the grid, with Alex Marquez and Niklas Ajo are also on the front row. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miller responded to the rapid pace of his rivals in practice and QP, producing a new pole record time of 1’42.240 in the final minutes to take pole for the fourth time this year.

Miller will therefore aim to defend his seven point championship lead from the head of the grid on Saturday, ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Marquez (+0.116) and Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider Ajo (+190s).

Experienced Frenchman Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold), Italian youngster Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) and talented Spaniard Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) will all start on row two.

Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team), Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) qualified on row three, whilst John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) heads the fourth row.

Wildcard Thomas Van Leeuwen and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia) both crashed in the session but neither were hurt.

Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Jack Miller AUS TM 1'42.240

2- Alex Marquez SPA Honda +0.116

3- Niklas Ajo FIN Husqvarna +0.190


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2014 TT Assen: MotoGP Qualifying Results
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Kmh Time Gap 1stPrev.
1 41 Aleix Espargaro SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 298.5 1:38.789
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.0 1:40.194 1.405 1.405
3 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 301.5 1:40.732 1.943 0.538
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 289.7 1:40.786 1.997 0.054
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 290.8 1:40.796 2.007 0.010
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 296.0 1:40.818 2.029 0.022
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati 296.1 1:41.140 2.351 0.322
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 276.9 1:41.982 3.193 0.842
9 99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 297.1 1:42.259 3.470 0.277
10 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 289.1 1:42.884 4.095 0.625
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.7 1:43.085 4.296 0.201
12 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 298.9 1:43.625 4.836 0.540

2014 TT Assen: MotoGP Qualifying Results
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Kmh Time Gap 1stPrev.
1 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 305.1 1:34.274
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 303.3 1:34.598 0.324 0.324
3 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 294.1 1:34.907 0.633 0.309
4 7 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 296.9 1:34.930 0.656 0.023
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 303.2 1:35.056 0.782 0.126
6 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 292.6 1:35.059 0.785 0.003
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 288.6 1:35.346 1.072 0.287
8 5 Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 297.2 1:35.484 1.210 0.138
9 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 288.0 1:35.513 1.239 0.029
10 8 Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 294.5 1:35.631 1.357 0.118
11 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 294.3 1:35.731 1.457 0.100
12 69 Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 293.9 1:35.792 1.518 0.061
13 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 290.7 1:35.980 1.706 0.188

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