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MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes lap-record breaking pole in Assen in a close qualifying battle

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Marc Marquez takes record breaking pole position ahead of rivals as the top 11 are covered by just 0.500 in one of the closest qualifying’s we have ever seen.

As Q1 got underway it was Jack Miller and Alex Rins who was top at the end of the first run with 1:34.077 and a 1:34.082 respectively, Dani Pedorsa yet again showing sign that he is struggling with the 2018 Honda RCV213V finishing the first sting of Q1 in 6th meaning he sat in a provisional 16th.

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As the second runs began it was Scott Redding put his Aprillia in 3rd on his first lap only to me knocked down by the 2 Tech 3 Yamaha’s of Syahrin and Zarco, Rins then went quickest from LCR’s Taka Nakagami.

As the final flying laps of Q1 began it was only Johann Zarco who looked poised to be able to knock Nakagami out of Q2 who was down in sectors 2 and 3 but put together a phenomenal last sector to post a 1:33.578 topping the Q1 session ahead of Alex Rins.

Again Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrows race down in 18th for the second time in 3 races as his difficult weekend continues.

With the top 5 riders in FP3 separated by less than a tenth of a second Q2 looked to have a scintillating prospect with the top 10 riders being so evenly matched.

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Marc Marquez pulled out of his first flying lap to try to stop Jorge Lorenzo using his tow, and it was Lorenzo who topped the first lap leading from Zarco and Petrucci.

Marquez’s first lap bumped Lorenzo off the top spot with a 1:33.5 only to be knocked off top spot immediately by Petrucci and the Q1 graduate Alex Rins with a 1:33.499, Marc Marquez fought back in the only way Marquez knows how to by riding on the ragged edge and posting a spectacular 1:33.330.

The Yamaha pairing of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales struggled (surprisingly) on the first run of Q2 only managing 5th and 9th.

After run 1 the top 7 was only covered by less than 0.250.

The second and final run began and it was Lorenzo who opened it up with a provisional pole lap time of a 1:33.167, Andrea Iannone then stole pole position with a 1:33.120.

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The final lap began and it was red sectors all over the screen, Zarco went pole immediately, Rossi took P2 but immediately Crutchlow took P2 bumping the Italian back to P3.

To break it down Jorge Lorenzo who started the last run quickest has qualified tenth the top 11 are covered by just 0.500 one of the closest qualifying’s in recent history.

Marquez is on pole with a brand new lap record of a 1:32.791.

You can find full Q1 results here.

You can find full Q2 results here.

Who will take the spoils after Lorenzo’s back to back wins in Mugello and Catalunya the prediction is that the filed will be very close throughout the race so stay tuned for another spectacular affair at Assen you will be able to find the full race report here tomorrow on

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