So close was today’s qualifying session in Assen that the riders on the front row ended up within just 0.059”, whilst the top-10 were split by less than 4 tenths of a second.
Well aware of how tight things were going to be today, and will be tomorrow, Marc Marquez worked hard with his crew to prepare for both the race and for the time-attack, which earned him his 75th career pole and 47th pole in MotoGP (his first in MotoGP at Assen).
The Championship leader topped all three sessions today, showing good race pace and blistering speed.
Opposite feelings in the other side of the garage, where Dani Pedrosa was unable to improve on his pace from yesterday and tomorrow will have to start from the sixth row of the grid.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'32.791|
|2||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.041|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.059|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.079|
|5||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.142|
|6||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.193|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.238|
|8||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.281|
|9||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.329|
|10||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.376|
|11||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.501|
|12||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||1.224|
|13||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1'33.625 Q1|
|14||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.088|
|15||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.088|
|16||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.094|
|17||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.417|
|18||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.547|
|19||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||0.567|
|20||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.571|
|21||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.690|
|22||Luthi Tom||12||SWI||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1.614|
|23||Simeon Xavier||10||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||2.068|
|24||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||0.593 (FP1)|
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in… read more.
|Length||4.542 kilometres / 2.822 miles|
|Longest straight||0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles|
TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|