Quartararo sets lap record to take pole | Gardner on Moto2 pole

Round Eight – Assen
Qualifying Results / Report

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) just won’t stop breaking records. At the Motul TT Assen the Frenchman put in the fastest ever lap of the track in qualifying to take his third pole position overall, and in doing that he also becomes the youngest ever rider to take back-to-back poles in the premier class, and he looked so smooth doing it….

Fabio Quartararo – P1

“There’s not much to say; it’s just incredible. Assen is one of the most legendary circuits in the World Championship, and taking pole position and breaking the track record is amazing. I’m very proud of what the team have done. I thought it would be very difficult to beat the time in the final part of the session, but I managed two very fast laps and was able to do it. The feeling we have at this circuit, especially on the last sector, is awesome. Both yesterday and today we worked on race pace, and I think we are good in that regard. It’s a tougher circuit than Barcelona, so my arm is suffering a bit more here, but I was able to get pole position. I’m very happy.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Quartararo Pole
Fabio Quartararo

0.140s is the young Frenchman’s advantage over Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) as the pattern of the two taking it in turns at the top continued. Where Quartararo’s fast laps looked precise and smooth, Vinales was visibly wringing the neck of his YZR-M1 to set his quick laps in a scintillating display of aggression and physicality.

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Pole Quartararo Vinales Rins
2019 Assen TT Qualifying results:
1 – Fabio Quartararo (FRA – Yamaha) 1’32.017
2 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) +0.140
3 – Alex Rins (SPA – Suzuki) +0.441

Maverick Viñales – P2

“I’m really satisfied. We worked really hard throughout the whole weekend, especially in FP3, when we worked more for the race than focusing on one lap, so this means we have a good set-up. It’s important for tomorrow to have a ‘normal’ and clean race, so I can push from the first lap until the end. I have nothing to lose, so I’ll be pushing 110%. It’s also very important to be consistent and precise on the track, so you don’t miss any corners. I will try to be at my best level tomorrow and get out in front, because it’s important for me to ride my own lines. I’m going to start from the front row and fight hard.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Alex Rins had to fight his way through from the second batch of riders in the opening Q1 session but the Suzuki man showed his determination and topped that session by almost half-a-second before then holding out Marquez in Q2 to put the Suzuki GSX-RR on the front row.

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Rins Q
Alex Rins

Alex Rins – P3

“Coming from Q1 was difficult, I had to give my absolute all to get into Q2. I feel quite strong, especially as I was using a used rear tyre and still set a fast lap. Tomorrow will be a tough race for sure, there will be a lot of riders close together I think, but I’m starting in a good position – on the front row. We’ve done a lot of good work so far this weekend and I’m ready to fight for a win.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Rins
Alex Rins

Qualifying Report

Before pole was decided, it was that Q1 that would prove crucial for one big name: Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The ‘Doctor”s difficult day at the office began earlier in FP3 as his lap that would have seen him move through to Q2 was cancelled for exceeding track limits, and that left him fighting it out in Q1. In that Q1, he eventually finished fourth and will therefore start from P14, with Rins and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) the two men moving through.

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Alex Rins
Alex Rins

Rins held the advantage first as the Suzuki man started Q2 on provisional pole, but on the second runs Viñales had something to say about it. The number 12 machine put in a stunning lap with a few minutes left on the clock to cut a few tenths off Rins’ best effort, and he was the man with the target on his back as Quartararo began his assault. But then, Quartararo began his assault.

Keeping it together to perfection and able to pull out nearly a tenth and a half by the time he crossed the line, the Frenchman made some more history – and celebrated so hard, it made the air-bag go off in his suit!

Behind that little slice of history, there’s one habitual front row starter missing from the top three: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). The reigning Champion starts fourth and misses out on a place in the fastest trio for the first time this season, and he’ll be looking to slice through early off the line. This is the first time Marquez has failed to qualify on the front-row on the grid since Valencia last year.

Marc Marquez – P4

“I’m happy with the race pace and we knew before the Qualifying that it would be tough as there is more competition than normal. It looks like in the morning it is a little tricky but then in the afternoon when the conditions get warmer we are there. I think it’s going to be a very close race tomorrow and there are four or five of us with good pace. Normally it’s a circuit where we struggle, but in Mugello normally we struggle and we got second and in Montmelo we struggled and won.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Marquez
Marc Marquez

Alongside Marquez is rookie Joan Mir, the Suzuki rider put in an impressive effort to take a best-yet fifth, just into the 1m33s, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) completing the second row.

Joan Mir – P5

“I’m happy about today’s qualifying, the team and I have worked really well during the weekend and I’ve been getting faster and closer to the top guys. I made some mistakes today so I feel my lap time could have actually been better. This is my first time starting on the second row, so I’m really pleased about that; thanks to the team.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Joan Mir
Joan Mir

Cal Crutchlow – P6

“I qualified sixth, but I didn’t really have the pace for sixth, it was just lucky that nobody had the pace to get past me on the second run. We’re working hard, but the reality is we’re probably about the tenth quickest guy, but last year it was a ten-man battle at the front at one point so we’ll have to try and make some improvements in the morning. I didn’t feel much better on the bike today even though we tried more or less everything as always, from my point of view it’s clear where we’re losing time and we are working on it. We’re trying our best and I’m pleased to be on the second row”.

MotoGP Rnd Assen Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), third on Friday, is the top Ducati in qualifying and heads up an incredibly tight third row, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) in P8 and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) locking it out in ninth. The three men are covered by just 0.032.

Danilo Petrucci – P7

“I tried to push as hard as I could, taking also some big risks, but the higher temperatures troubled us a bit, as both the grip and the overall stability diminished. Undoubtedly we expected to be able to do better. It’s a pity, because this morning in FP3 I felt so comfortable that I told the team I had the best bike I’ve ever ridden here at Assen, and I posted the provisional lap record. To be honest, it has also been a bit chaotic out there in Q2 because all riders were sort of guarding one another closely. Tomorrow it shouldn’t be as hot, or at least I hope so: we’ll analyze the data to make sure we can express our full potential during the race.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci

Takaaki Nakagami – P8

“I’m quite happy, because it’s quite a big improvement from yesterday from FP2. Of course the track condition was better, there was more rubber on the track and so everybody was much faster than yesterday which helps. Our set-up of the bike was much easier to ride today, but we still have to improve for the race because it still takes a lot of energy to ride this bike. I’m a little disappointed because I think qualifying was there to attack and when I saw the chequered flag I was P6, but after that I checked the second screen and I was P8 which I didn’t understand. But we spoke with race direction to see where I cut the track limit and I understand maybe the last chicane, on the right. But I am really close to the second row and we are improving all the time. It’s a really long race tomorrow and hopefully we can make no mistakes and be very focused during the race.”

Franco Morbidelli – P9

“We’ve been able to improve a lot compared to yesterday, so that’s very positive. I was able to go faster both in terms of my pace and my flying lap. Even so, we’re still lacking something if we compare my time with the fastest riders. My pace in FP4 wasn’t bad and I think we can fight for the top five. We still have the warm-up tomorrow to come, where we will be able to see where we are. If the race has a large group, I think I can be up at the front.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Morbidelli
Franco Morbidelli

2016 Assen winner Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) completes the top ten with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) a few further tenths off the Australian in P11.

Jack Miller – P10

“I can’t be satisfied with the qualifying. To be honest, I thought I could do better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any grip on the soft tyres. The race pace with the hard tyre, however, is very good. We can have a good race tomorrow.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Miller
Jack Miller

Andrea Dovizioso – P11

“It’s been a bit of a strange day, with really high temperatures. After starting off on the right foot in free practice, unfortunately we couldn’t be as competitive during qualifying. It’s a shame because starting from fourth row complicates our plans a bit, but I wasn’t able to complete a ‘clean’ lap. We’re more competitive in terms of pace, we still have to improve but I believe we can ride a solid race. A lot will depend on what weather conditions we’ll find tomorrow. At any rate, we won’t give up and we’ll try to be fast in any condition.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the final man in Q2 in P12, not far off the Italian ahead of him.

Pol Espargaro – P12

“For sure I am not riding as I want or I wish but it is what I have right now. It is better than in Barcelona where I could not move two fingers or my wrist up or down. We expect the race tomorrow to be really hot and very tricky for everyone. The whole grid might slow the rhythm and I will feel a bit more comfortable. Let’s see what lap-time I can hold.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) starts just ahead of Rossi, with the number 46 facing down a few of his VR46 Riders Academy proteges in his mission to move forward on Sunday. He’s won ten times at Assen, and he is the Sunday miracle maker. Can he get in the fight at the front?

Valentino Rossi – P14

“It’s a great shame, because this morning I wasn’t so bad. I set a very good time on my last lap to get directly into Q2, which is always crucial. But unfortunately I touched the green exit on the last chicane and they cancelled the lap, so I had to go through Q1. I was still quite optimistic, because I was quite strong this morning, but with the higher temperatures I had more problems and less grip. Unfortunately, I was slower, so it was not enough to get into Q2.”

MotoGP Rnd Assen Rossi
Valentino Rossi

MotoGP Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA Q2 1m32.017
2 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA Q2 1m32.157
3 Alex RINS SUZUKI Q2 1m32.458
4 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA Q2 1m32.731
5 Joan MIR SUZUKI Q2 1m33.085
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA Q2 1m33.228
7 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI Q2 1m33.282
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA Q2 1m33.295
9 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA Q2 1m33.314
10 Jack MILLER DUCATI Q2 1m33.323
11 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI Q2 1m33.692
12 Pol ESPARGARO KTM Q2 1m33.762
13 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI Q1 1m33.221
14 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA Q1 1m33.466
15 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA Q1 1m33.547
16 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI Q1 1m33.583
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM Q1 1m33.706
18 Johann ZARCO KTM Q1 1m33.776
19 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM Q1 1m33.869
20 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA Q1 1m33.960
21 Tito RABAT DUCATI Q1 1m34.580


Remy Gardner’s (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) 1:36.572 in Moto2 Q2 at the Motul TT Assen sees him join a very illustrious list of Australian Grand Prix polesitters as two late flying laps puts the Kalex rider 0.110 clear of second place Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). The KTM rider kept his Friday form to beat Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to second by hundredths despite needing to put in a stunner of a save at Turn 5.

It was Vierge who looked like he would be the man to beat in Q2 after the Spaniard was able to half a second clear of the pack with a storming time, but Binder hit back to continue the upturn for KTM. But then Gardner, the man who sat nearly six tenths clear of the rest in FP3, started to find his rhythm.

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Moto Gardner Binder Vierge
2019 Assen TT Moto2 Qualifying results:
1 – Remy Gardner (AUS – Kalex) 1’36.572
2 – Brad Binder (RSA – KTM) +0.110
3 – Xavi Vierge (SPA – Kalex) +0.144

The Australian’s first attempt was 0.016 faster than the South African, but he managed to pull a bit more margin out on his second run to secure the first Australian intermediate class pole since Casey Stoner did it in the 250cc class at Phillip Island in 2005.

Behind the top three, Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) will start from P4 and he spearheads a second row that consists of Q1 graduate Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Beta Tools Speed Up). It’s Di Giannantonio’s second consecutive second row start after a P5 in Barcelona, and Marquez won from P6 in Catalunya…

Seventh is Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up), just behind his rookie teammate and looking to move forward, with second in the Championship Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) down in P8 and with a little more work to do than key rival Marquez. He has rookie Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) for company completing Row 3, another newcomer who bested his teammate as second Italtrans rider Andrea Locatelli starts tenth.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) will want more than P11 on race day, as will Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) just behind him. Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) is a similar story after the Barcelona polesitter took P13 ahead of Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo), but it’s more true of former Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) than any as he faces a fight back from P16.

Moto2 Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Remy Gardner KALEX Q2 1m36.572
2 Brad Binder KTM Q2 1m36.682
3 Xavi Vierge KALEX Q2 1m36.716
4 Alex Marquez KALEX Q2 1m36.771
5 Sam Lowes KALEX Q2 1m36.855
6 Fabio Di Giannantoni SPEED UP Q2 1m36.979
7 Jorge Navarro SPEED UP Q2 1m37.076
8 Thomas Luthi KALEX Q2 1m37.078
9 Enea Bastianini KALEX Q2 1m37.084
10 Andrea Locatelli KALEX Q2 1m37.171
11 Luca Marini KALEX Q2 1m37.171
12 Marcel Schrotter KALEX Q2 1m37.233
13 Augusto Fernandez KALEX Q2 1m37.340
14 Jorge Martin KTM Q2 1m37.405
15 Tetsuta Nagashima KALEX Q2 1m37.413
16 Lorenzo Baldassarri KALEX Q2 1m37.456
17 Iker Lecuona KTM Q2 1m37.592
18 Nicolo Bulega KALEX Q2 1m37.604
19 Dominique Aegerter MV AGUSTA Q1 1m37.529
20 Somkiat Chantra  Kalex  Q1 1m37.626  
21 Stefano Manzi MV AGUSTA Q1 1m37.789
22 Marco Bezzecchi KTM Q1 1m37.805
23 Jonas Folger KALEX Q1 1m38.063
24 Bo Bendsneyder NTS Q1 1m38.103
25 Jake Dixon KTM Q1 1m38.118
26 Simone Corsi KALEX Q1 1m38.121
27 Lukas Tulovic KTM Q1 1m38.462
28 Joe Roberts KTM Q1 1m38.510
29 Steven Odendaal NTS Q1 1m38.967
30 Xavi Cardelus KTM Q1 1m39.474


Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) has brought the run of different polesitters in the opening rounds of the Moto3 season to an end, with the Italian setting a new record in qualifying at the Motul TT Assen to head the grid for Sunday’s race. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) in second, with Mugello winner Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) taking third and just 0.013 in further arrears.

It was a frantic, manic Moto3 Q2 and Toba sat atop the timesheets before the final flyer came in from Antonelli, but it’s nevertheless a good start down the path to redemption for the Japanese rider after a heartbreaking crash on the final lap in Barcelona that saw him slide out the lead. And the last time he was on the front row, he won the race…and all three men on the front row have the best chance to become the first repeat winner of the year.

MotoGP Rnd Assen QP Moto Antontelli Toba Arbolino
2019 Assen TT Moto3 Qualifying results:
1 – Niccolo Antonelli (ITA – Honda) 1’41.232
2 – Kaito Toba (JPN – Honda) +0.144
3 – Tony Arbolino (ITA – Honda) +0.157

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was fourth fastest and is one of the men best-placed to try and keep the record-breaking run of different winners going, joined on Row 2 by rookie duo Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia), both of whom are also looking for their first Grand Prix wins.

Friday’s fastest Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) heads the third row, another to have not yet taken to the top step, but he’s in serious company as the men first and second in the standings line up alongside him. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) is P8 after coming through Q1 and the man he’s chasing, Championship leader Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), was just 0.014 off him in ninth.

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) was tenth quickest but has a six-place grid penalty to serve, so it’s Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) who starts in P10, with rookie Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) and Catalan GP winner – and Q1 graduate – Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) joining him on the fourth row.

It’s already a record-breaking run in the lightweight class with 12 different winners in a row. Antonelli is now a repeat polesitter, can he become the first repeat winner?

Moto3 Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Niccolò ANTONELLI HONDA Q2 1m41.232
2 Kaito TOBA HONDA Q2 1m41.376
3 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA Q2 1m41.389
4 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA Q2 1m41.460
5 Celestino VIETTI KTM Q2 1m41.539
6 Ai OGURA HONDA Q2 1m41.570
7 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM Q2 1m41.742
8 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA HONDA Q2 1m41.905
9 Aron CANET KTM Q2 1m41.919
10 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA Q2 1m41.972
11 Ayumu SASAKI HONDA Q2 1m42.004
12 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM Q2 1m42.032
13 Marcos RAMIREZ HONDA Q2 1m42.044
14 Romano FENATI HONDA Q2 1m42.148
15 Kazuki MASAKI KTM Q2 1m42.382
16 Sergio GARCIA HONDA Q2 1m42.428
17 Can ONCU KTM Q2 1m42.593
18 Alonso LOPEZ HONDA Q2 1m44.718
19 Jaume MASIA KTM Q1 1m42.081
20 Albert ARENAS KTM Q1 1m42.121
21 Andrea MIGNO KTM Q1 1m42.289
22 John MCPHEE HONDA Q1 1m42.455
23 Dennis FOGGIA KTM Q1 1m42.465
24 Makar YURCHENKO KTM Q1 1m42.535
25 Darryn BINDER KTM Q1 1m42.536
26 Filip SALAC KTM Q1 1m42.622
27 Stefano NEPA KTM Q1 1m43.663
28 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM Q1 1m43.680
29 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMA KTM Q1 1m45.096
30 Riccardo ROSSI HONDA Q1 1m45.611

AEST MotoGP Schedule

Time Class Session
1640 Moto3 WUP
1710 Moto2 WUP
1740 MotoGP WUP
1900 Moto3 Race
2020 Moto2 Race
2200 MotoGP Race

Source: MCNews.com.au

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