By Bruce Allen in the 2016 world championship chase.
Saturday’s qualifying sessions were adventures on a track that was wet but drying quickly. Pol Espargaro whipped his Tech3 Yamaha into Q2 with a scintillating last lap, joined by Yonny Hernandez, one of the several Ducatis doing especially well. One rider doing especially not well was Dani Pedrosa, who suffered the ignominy of plodding through Q1, never once threatening to graduate to Q2.
Q2 itself was equally dramatic, as Marquez crashed early, stole some surprised attendant’s scooter to hustle back to the pits, waited for his crew to convert his second bike from dry to wet settings – what was it doing with dry settings anyway? – ultimately putting his RC213V at the top of the second row. The session ended with Andrea Dovizioso, Rossi and Scott Redding daisychaining to the flag for an atypical first row. Jorge Lorenzo looked tentative, having barely avoided Q1, and started the race in 10th place. Four Ducatis in the first four rows would have been five if not for Iannone‘s brainfart at Catalunya, which penalized him to the back of the grid.
Recapping – Lorenzo started 10th, Pedrosa 16th and Iannone 21st. Conditions looked ripe for some higher-than-usual finishes on Sunday for several non-Aliens. Such would, indeed, be the case.
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Source:: MotoGP 2016 Assen Results