Remy Gardner took the first pole position of his career at Assen, the Australian clocking a sensational lap of 1’36.572 to back up his performance from this morning’s free practice, when he was also fastest. Gardner edged out KTM rider Brad Binder by a tenth, with Xavi VIerge completing the front row in third. Meanwhile, series leader Álex Márquez will line up in fourth position with his closest current title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri back in sixteenth after coming through Q1.
Jake Dixon took another step forward at the Dutch TT, qualifying 25th fastest to securehis best dry weather grid position of his rookie season so far. The Brit was just six tenths off making it through to Q2, despite the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team rider only completing a single lap in qualifying due to a bike issue. His teammate Xavi Cardelús improved by two seconds from yesterday to close the gap to the riders immediately in front of him, Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team qualifying on the tenth row of the Moto2 grid for Sunday’s Dutch TT race.
25th Jake Dixon 1:38.118:
“My handlebar came off, luckily in an area of the track that wasn’t fast. It meant I only had one lap at the end, which is so difficult, especially when we are trying to evaluate new parts and understand the bike like we were today. I had a massive moment in turn 3 and I don’t know how I didn’t crash. It’s not ideal but I will have a go tomorrow.”
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