|Qualifying for the MotoGP Assen TT saw Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso secure pole ahead of Valentino Rossi and Scott Redding. Dovizioso set the quickest time overall of 1:45.246 on his final lap of qualifying, which was held on a wet track.|
The Ducati rider used rain tyres in Q2 while his team-mate Andrea Iannone instead opted to go out on intermediate tyres mid-session and he was ninth quickest with a time of 1:47.567. Iannone, however, ended up the back of the grid due to a penalty.
Rossi out-qualified his team mate thanks to a strong final lap run. Lorenzo was unable to ride the hot lap and ended up 11th. Rossi had been posting competitive times in every session and various types of weather so far. The Doctor followed his usual procedure of letting the other riders go out on track before him to be assured of some clear space. Once he completed a very careful out lap he put the hammer down and set a 1:49.662 for third place. His following two attempts didn’t gain him any places and, with four minutes of the session left, the Italian decided to come in for a fresh wet rear tyre, despite a dry line forming on track. His decision paid off; after a minute he was ready to hit the track once more and set a brilliant 1:45.961 for second place, 0.715 off the fastest time.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa experienced a demanding Saturday at Assen, leading to mixed results for the Repsol Honda riders. The weather conditions were typical of the Netherlands, variable and quickly changing, but Marquez was able to positively deal with both the dry FP3 session, finishing in second position, and the wet FP4 session that ended with him leading the standings.
When QP2 got underway, the rain had already stopped, but the track was still too wet for slick tyres. Marquez was about halfway through his first flying lap when he made a small mistake and crashed. He had barely touched the ground before he got up, ran toward the fences, grabbed a scooter and sped back to his pit. In the meanwhile, his team was working as quickly as possible on the second bike, which had a setup meant for intermediate tyres and had to be prepared for the wet. That meant Marquez only had the chance to complete two fast laps, though he still qualified in a very positive fourth position. Pedrosa, on the other hand, ended up way down in 16th spot.
2016 MotoGP Assen TT qualifying