Result and summary of the qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Assen:
Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole tomorrow for the 80th running of the Dutch TT at Assen. The Fiat Yamaha completed a clean sweep of practice, taking over pole in the last quarter of practice, and not being seriously challenged after that. Lorenzo's closest rival turned out to be LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, the Frenchman carrying his form of the past couple of races into Assen, despite a couple of nasty headshakes on the exit of the Haarbocht.
An unhappy Casey Stoner ended the session in 3rd, the Marlboro Ducati rider never really threatening to take pole from Lorenzo. Heading up the second row is the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, the Texan looking much stronger now that he is at a track he knows. Nicky Hayden starts from 5th on the grid, not far off the pace of Spies, while Andrea Dovizioso is the first of the factory Repsol Hondas in 6th.
His teammate Dani Pedrosa starts from 7th, and the 3rd row of the grid. Pedrosa has San Carlo Gresini rookie Marco Simoncelli alongside him, with a struggling Colin Edwards not far behind.
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