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Qualifying report

Assen MotoGP: Bagnaia clinches pole with new lap record

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia smashed the Assen lap record to claim pole for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, as Fabio Quartararo’s pole chance was lost to a last-lap mistake.

Watch: MotoGP Starting Grid: Dutch Grand Prix

With the threat of rain looming over the Assen circuit when the pole shootout got underway, the lap record was immediately beaten by Pramac’s Jorge Martin before Bagnaia streaked clear in the closing stages to claim back-to-back pole positions.

Martin’s early benchmark of 1m31.708s on his first lap put him underneath Maverick Vinales’ lap record from last year, with Quartararo 0.010s adrift in second.

Quartararo’s second lap was scuppered when he ran off into the gravel at Turn 1, while nobody else put Martin’s effort under threat.

With just under five minutes remaining, however, Bagnaia began to light up the timing screens on the first lap of his second run on a fresh soft rear tyre.

The factory Ducati rider hooked the tour together to produce a 1m31.504s to go fastest of all.

Quartararo made an improvement to a 1m31.620s on his penultimate lap to move back into second having been demoted to third by Bagnaia’s lap.

But he had to abort his final lap when he almost crashed at the Turn 5 hairpin, resigning him to second on the grid, missing out on pole by 0.116s to Bagnaia.

Martin suffered a crash at Turn 5 in the latter stages of Q2 but held onto a place on the front row in third, with VR46 Ducati rookie Marco Bezzecchi also dipping underneath the lap record to go fourth.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was unable to improve on fifth late on when Ducati’s Jack Miller crashed at Turn 5, with the latter slotting into sixth despite his spill.

However, Miller is likely facing a penalty after Maverick Vinales almost ran into him on the back straight between Turn 5 and Turn 6 on the Aprilia rider’s last lap as Miller toured on the racing line.

Johann Zarco heads row three on the second of the Pramac Ducatis in seventh ahead of Q1 graduate Miguel Oliveira on the factory team KTM.

Alex Rins was ninth on his Suzuki ahead of Q1 pacesetter Brad Binder on the sister factory team KTM, with Vinales 11th after his scare with Miller and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami the only Honda inside the top 12 in 12th.

VR46’s Luca Marini couldn’t continue his Q2 run stretching back to Mugello as he missed out on progressing to the pole shootout session by 0.237s on his Ducati.

He heads Joan Mir, after the Suzuki rider’s Q1 was hindered by a tipoff at the Turn 5 hairpin in the latter stages of the session.

Fabio Di Giannantonio shadowed the 2020 world champion in 15th as his Gresini Ducati teammate Enea Bastianini had to complete Q1 on his spare bike after his first GP21 broke down as he exited pitlane for his first run.

Andrea Dovizioso was the best of the three Yamahas who failed to join Quartararo in Q2, the RNF Racing rider 17th from the sole Repsol Honda of Stefan Bradl after teammate Pol Espargaro pulled out of the Dutch GP weekend on Saturday morning due to injury.

Remy Gardner will start 19th on his Tech 3 KTM ahead of factory Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli and LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez.

Aprilia wildcard Lorenzo Savadori, Tech 3’s Raul Fernandez and RNF rookie Darryn Binder completed the field.

The 2022 MotoGP Dutch GP will get underway at 2pm local time on Sunday 26 June.

Dutch GP - Q2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'31.504
2 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'31.620 0.116
3 Spain Jorge Martin
Ducati 1'31.708 0.204
4 Italy Marco Bezzecchi
Ducati 1'31.796 0.292
5 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'31.868 0.364
6 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'32.124 0.620
7 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'32.175 0.671
8 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'32.272 0.768
9 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'32.307 0.803
10 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'32.367 0.863
11 Spain Maverick Viñales
Aprilia 1'32.424 0.920
12 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'32.967 1.463

Q1 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'32.485
2 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'32.550 0.065
3 Italy Luca Marini
Ducati 1'32.787 0.302
4 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'32.898 0.413
5 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio
Ducati 1'32.912 0.427
6 Italy Enea Bastianini
Ducati 1'33.005 0.520
7 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Yamaha 1'33.009 0.524
8 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'33.029 0.544
9 Australia Remy Gardner
KTM 1'33.093 0.608
10 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'33.096 0.611
11 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'33.113 0.628
12 Italy Lorenzo Savadori
Aprilia 1'33.467 0.982
13 Spain Raúl Fernández
KTM 1'33.652 1.167
14 South Africa Darryn Binder
Yamaha 1'33.998 1.513

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