Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) will start tomorrow’s Dutch round of the 2019 MotoGP series from the second row of the grid, two places in front of fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V).

This afternoon’s Q2 qualifying session – staged in unusually warm and sunny conditions for Assen – was super-quick and action-packed. Four different riders took their turns at the top during the 15-minute session, with the quickest three all inside the track’s all-time lap record.

Marquez led the early stages, then had to perform one of his magical saves at turn one soon after he had started his second run. That no doubt blunted the 26-year-old Spaniard’s challenge and he had to be happy with fourth place, 0.273 seconds off the front row. This is the first time he has qualified off the front row this season, but the five-times MotoGP World Champion isn’t concerned about that, because the race pace he rode in the earlier FP4 session was excellent.

Marquez goes into the eighth round of the championship holding a 37-point advantage over his closest pursuer. Last year he won an unforgettable multi-rider battle for victory at Assen and is confident he can once again challenge for a podium result tomorrow.

His team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) was forced to withdraw from this weekend’s proceedings after falling heavily during yesterday morning’s FP1 session. The three-times MotoGP king went down at the high-speed turn seven. While tumbling through the gravel run-off he sustained a stable fracture of his T6 vertebra and a trabecular fracture of the T8 vertebra. After undergoing tests and treatment at a local hospital the 32-year-old Spaniard has returned to his home in Lugano, Switzerland.

Crutchlow rode an excellent qualifying session to go sixth fastest, five tenths slower than Marquez. The result was thanks to the 33-year-old Briton’s dogged determination and hard work, following a challenging Friday and ninth place in this morning FP3 outing. As usual, Crutchlow dug deep this afternoon, when it really mattered.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who won the Moto2 race here in 2016, has had another strong weekend. The 27-year-old from Chiba fought back from a difficult Friday to finish the first three practice sessions an excellent fifth fastest, only four tenths of a second behind pace-setter Fabio Quartararo. Nakagami just about repeated that performance in qualifying, going sixth fastest, but that lap was cancelled because he had fractionally exceeded track limits at the chicane, so he ended up with eighth fastest time, to put himself in the middle of the third row.

Tomorrow’s MotoGP race will be preceded by a lap of honour by two Honda racing legends, the climax to this weekend’s celebrations of Honda’s 60th anniversary of World-Championship racing.

Kunimitsu Takahashi, who in 1960 became the first Japanese rider to win a Grand Prix race, will ride a Honda RC142, the machine with which Honda began its world-class racing adventure at the 1959 Isle of Man TT. And five-times 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan will ride a 1989 Honda NSR500, which Eddie Lawson rode to that year’s 500cc world title.

At the end of Assen race day the paddock will pack up in a hurry to travel to the Sachsenring for next weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez

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I’m happy with the race pace and we knew before the qualifying that it would be tough, as there is more competition than normal. It looks like in the morning it is a little tricky but then in the afternoon when the conditions get warmer we are there. I think it’s going to be a very close race tomorrow and there are four or five of us with good pace. Normally it’s a circuit where we struggle, but in Mugello normally we struggle and we got second and in Montmelo we struggled and won.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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I qualified sixth, but I didn’t really have the pace for sixth, it was just lucky that nobody had the pace to get past me on the second run. We’re working hard, but the reality is we’re probably about the tenth quickest guy, but last year it was a ten-man battle at the front at one point so we’ll have to try and make some improvements in the morning. I didn’t feel much better on the bike today even though we tried more or less everything as always, from my point of view it’s clear where we’re losing time and we are working on it. We’re trying our best and I’m pleased to be on the second row.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

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I’m quite happy, because it’s quite a big improvement from yesterday from FP2. I’m a little disappointed because I think qualifying was there to attack and when I saw the chequered flag I was P6, but after that I checked the second screen and I was P8 which I didn’t understand. But we spoke with race direction to see where I cut the track limit and I understand maybe the last chicane, on the right. But I am really close to the second row and we are improving all the time. It’s a really long race tomorrow and hopefully we can make no mistakes and be very focused during the race.

LCR Honda
Motul TT Assen

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

MotoGP 2019, Round 8

Cloudy / 30
Saturday 29 Jun 2019, 14:47 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 30°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'32.017
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.140
3 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.441
4 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.714
5 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.068
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.211
7 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.265
8 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.278
9 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.297
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.306
11 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.675
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.745
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.511
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.756
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.837
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.873
17 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.996
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.066
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.159
20 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.250
21 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.870
Sunny / 23
Friday 28 Jun 2019, 15:06 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 50%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'32.638
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.180
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.314
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.585
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.667
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.717
7 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.775
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.777
9 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.879
10 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.089
11 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.177
12 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.216
13 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.236
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.325
15 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.333
16 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.402
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.556
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.732
19 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.899
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.990
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.612
22 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.023
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 140 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 103 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 101 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 98 Ducati Team Ducati
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 53 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 51 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 48 LCR Honda Honda
9 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 47 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 42 LCR Honda Honda
11 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 40 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 34 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 27 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Joan MIR 36 SPA 22 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
15 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
16 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 12 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 12 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 9 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
20 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
21 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
22 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 2 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati