MotoGP: Round #7 - Assen Qualifying Report

Valentino Rossi qualifying action from Assen

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi secured fourth position in qualifying today for tomorrow's Grand Prix of the Netherlands. After a wet morning practice the nine-time world champion enjoyed a dry qualifying session this afternoon, initially climbing to fourth position on his first set of rubber. With eight minutes remaining of the 15 minute quick-fire session Rossi pitted for a new rear tire before heading back out. As the last minutes ticked down the pace increased and a potential pole position looked possible as he topped the time sheets with a 1'34.974 lap. A late flurry of hot laps from rivals as the clock hit zero left no time for a reply, leaving the Italian just 0.096 seconds off the front row in fourth for tomorrow's race.

Having made a significant step forward in set up during the recent Spanish tests Rossi has been strong in both wet and dry conditions this weekend, consistently in the fastest group and showing a very competitive pace for race day.

Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo returns to Assen this afternoon after surgery last night in Barcelona to repair a collarbone injury sustained in yesterday’s wet second practice session. Lorenzo did not take part in the qualifying heat.

Valentino Rossi and team discuss results

Valentino Rossi #46

“I’m happy for my speed, my pace and my performance in the practices. I feel good with the setting of the bike. It's a pity I didn't stay on the first row as I think I had the potential to do a little better and stay in the first three. Anyway, I’m fourth, the best qualifying of the season and especially I have a good pace, even after a lot of laps so I’m happy. Now we wait for tomorrow, we have some small modifications to make to the settings and we have to hope that the weather will be good. I hope for a dry race, but if it is wet I hope it is 100% wet, half and half is the worst conditions.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“It has been the best qualifying session for Vale this year which is really promising as we know he is more of a racer than a pole man. He has been pretty fast and consistent in all the sessions so it looks like he is ready for tomorrow. It is important because it means we have made a good job in the last week. We are waiting for Jorge’s final status however we look forward to the race with good prospects whatever the weather conditions.”

FRONT ROW

1.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'34.398

2.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'34.755

3.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    1'34.878

SECOND ROW

4.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    1'34.974

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'35.006

6.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'35.454

THIRD ROW

7.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Power Electronics Aspar    1'35.500

8.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'35.508

9.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Power Electronics Aspar    1'35.622

FOURTH ROW

10.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Ducati Team    1'35.908

11.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ignite Pramac Racing    1'36.866

12.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    1'35.263

FIFTH ROW

13.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing Team    1'36.432

14.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Blusens    1'36.490

15.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'36.524

SIXTH ROW

16.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project    1'36.695

17.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    1'36.791

18.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'37.143

SEVENTH ROW

19.    Bryan Staring (AUS)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'37.315

20.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'37.625

21.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'37.781

EIGHTH ROW

22.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'38.378

23.    Lukas Pesek (CZE)    Came IodaRacing Project    1'38.704

24.    Ivan Silva (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'39.077

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