Pecco Bagnaia claimed MotoGP pole at Assen. She has 17 in all, 10th in the queen class. Another, with record. Disappointment for Aleix, who was angry at being fifth.
Pol Espargaró was low. The pain in his ribs from the fall of Germany forced him to go home.
Conditions were good, but threatening by clouds that made everyone look at the sky. It was 21 degrees in the environment and 28 on the asphalt.
Q1 started badly for Bastianini. His Ducati GP21 stopped as soon as he left, at the exit of the ‘pit lane’. He was running to the box for the second unit. His problem was that she was prepared for wet conditions and had to wait for it to be remade.
In case it rained, since it had sparked in some area, everyone came out ready to push from the beginning.
The KTMs surprised by taking the lead in those initial stages, with Oliveira and Brad Binder. This put pressure on Joan Mir, who was at the gates.
Bastianini was finally able to get out. The problem is that it was already reported that it was raining in one of the sectors. They were small droplets, which, at first, did not affect. The others made a very quick change of tires.
Mir had an accident in turn 5. He had vibration in the front and he didn’t control it. He was able to start the Suzuki and come back. Butt pressure.
Brad Binder raised the bar and could with Oliveira. He made my effort, but he lost it in the second part of the track. Marini did not arrive either. Brad Binder and Oliveira passed. . . . The second part of the grid will be: 13th Marini, 14th Mir, 15th Di Giannantonio, 16th Bastianini, 17th Dovizioso, 18th Bradl, 19th Gardner, 20th Morbidelli, 21st Alex Marquez, 22nd Savadori, 23rd Raul Fernandez Darry and Bin
The uncertainty in case the sky unloaded caused that in Q2 nobody left a second in the box.
Fabio Quartararo set a great 1:31.7, but Jorge Martín instantly beat him going to Bezzecchi’s wheel. The man from Madrid broke the historical record of Assen, leaving behind that of Viñales in 2021, in his last pole position with Yamaha.
The Frenchman was going long, on the gravel of turn 1. He didn’t fall, but he already had to look for the garage. Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales were not very high either.
Bagnaia was leaving early for the last attempt. Instead, Quartararo was expected to be the last.
Pecco smashed the clock set by Martin. Bezzecchi, at his wheel, climbed.
Jorge Martín went to the ground at turn 5. He was left without pole. Bagnaia got into her box and all she had to do was wait. Miller had an incident in turn 3. He also got out of the fight. The yellow flags were doing his teammate a favor.
Quartararo was placed second. He then made a ‘save’, but had to abort the lap. Aleix could not climb and Viñales did not endorse all the good seen in free practice in one lap. Pole was for Bagnaia, another record holder. He has four and in all four he broke the track record: Jerez, Le Mans, Sachsenring and Assen. Almost nothing. Then he needs to finish off in the race.
Miller risks a penalty for getting in Maverick’s way. He even went to Aprilia to apologize.