Friday, 24 June 2011 02:00
Page 1 of 12MotoGP quotes from the riders and team members following the Friday practice and qualifying sessions of the championship round in Holland at the Assen circuit.
(Bridgestone Media) - San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli will start tomorrow’s Dutch TT from pole position, his second in the premier class, after a strong performance in a dry qualifying session saw him set his fifth successive front row start.
Simoncelli and Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies dominated the hour long session today, each spending time at the top of the timesheets and ending up separated by just 0.01seconds.
Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner completes tomorrow’s front row, whilst the second row comprises Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow who until the closing minutes held a provisional third position.
After the downpour yesterday that cancelled the afternoon free practice session, the schedule today was restructured to make up for the loss of track time and the morning practice session lasted for 90 minutes.
The weather today was improved, and although rain showers interrupted running this morning and left the track slippery, most of the running for the MotoGP class was in the dry, as the temperature was low and the track still slippery, most riders favoured the softer option rear slicks but the harder fronts.
Generally track conditions so far this week have been very tricky and there have been many crashes in all three World Championship classes and by the end of MotoGP qualifying the lap times at the front were near the lap record pace, but it has not been easy for the riders.