MotoGP Dutch: Fabio Quartararo Takes Back-To-Back Pole Position in Assen
- The Round 8 on MotoGP 2019, Dutch Grand Prix ran Qualifying at TT Circuit Assen on June 29, 2019.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) became the youngest ever MotoGP™ back-to-back polesitter and brought a new all-time lap record with 1:32.017. This marks his third pole of his rookie season.
“It’s an incredible feeling to get pole position, here at Assen, it’s a mythical track,” said Fabio Quartararo. “So, really happy about the pole. We managed to do a really good job. I hope the team manager is proud because I did it at his home GP. Tomorrow I think it will be a group race, so we will try to manage and save the tyres, try to learn many things and let’s see if we can get a good result and go to the Sachsenring with even more confidence. For sure I need to be ready because they are, so tonight I will play some PlayStation and do some races in Assen and try to be ready for tomorrow.”
Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamah) took the 2nd position. “I’m satisfied. We worked pretty hard during the whole weekend, especially FP3. We worked a bit more for the race, more than one lap, so it means we have quite a good setup. The important thing for tomorrow is to have a clean, normal race that I can push from the first lap until the end. I’m going to try my best, to be strong as always, let’s see what we can achieve,” said Maverick Vinales. “From the start until the last lap I will push at 110%, I have nothing to lose. It’s very important to be consistent, to be precise on the track, not miss any corner, so I’m going to try to be at my best level tomorrow. I’m going to try to get the front because it’s very important for me to make my own lines. It’s very difficult for me to follow someone, so I’m going to try to start in the first places and fight until the end.”
Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) advanced to Q2 from Q1 and took the 3rd position. “It was hard, for sure, having to come from Q1. I gave 110% to get into Q2 and I was feeling quite strong,” said Alex Rins. “We started Q2 with a used tyre on the rear so when I saw I had done the best lap time I was a bit like ‘wow’. I knew I’d improve a little with the new tyre and that’s what happened, I improved by a few tenths. I think for tomorrow we have a clear mind. It’ll be a hard race, but we will do a good job. Since Friday we have worked in a good way, so I think this comes from our work. We will fight for the win; we have a good rhythm. The two Yamahas are really strong, so if it’s not like last year with seven riders in the front group, it’ll still be five or six, so it’ll be tough.”
World Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will start 4th place on the second row of the grid.
Unfortunately, Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) was injured during FP 1 by a heavy crash and withdrew from Dutch GP.
Motul TT Assen Qualifying Results
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / 1'32.017s
- Maverick Vinales / Monster Yamah / +0.140s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.441s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.714s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +1.068s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +1.211s
- Danilo Petrucci / Mission Winnow Ducati / +1.265s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +1.278s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +1.297s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +1.306s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Mission Winnow Ducati / +1.675s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / +1.745s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 1'33.221s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / 1'33.466s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'33.547s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'33.583s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'33.706s
- Johann Zarco / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'33.776s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'33.869s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'33.960s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'34.580s
- source : MotoGP