Results and summary of qualifying practice at Assen:
Valentino Rossi has taken a surprise pole in qualifying at Assen. The Movistar Yamaha has been fast throughout every session of practice, but has struggled ever since the new qualifying format was introduced. He found his feet immediately in Q2, being fastest through the first three sectors, then on his second run, the Italian set a pace no one else was capable of following. Rossi took pole with a margin of nearly a quarter of a second. It was his first pole position since Valencia 2014, but the one previous to that was back in 2010.
Aleix Espargaro had looked like making it two poles in a row, the Suzuki working very well round Assen with the soft tire, but he ended up being bumped down to 2nd. He just squeaked ahead of Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider finding a way to ride around the problems of the RC213V, and threatening to take pole here before being knocked down the order.
Dani Pedrosa will head up the second row, the Spaniard just a tenth of a second off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate. Pedrosa leads a very tight group: less than a tenth of a second separates Pedrosa in 4th from Andrea Dovizioso in 10th. Jorge Lorenzo ended up swapping fortunes with his Movistar Yamaha teammate: the Spaniard will start from the middle of the third row in 8th.
The pace of qualifying was blistering. All 12 riders qualified under Casey Stoner's pole record from 2012, and under Marc Marquez' fastest lap from 2014.
|13||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'33.789||0.409||0.286|
|15||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'33.999||0.619||0.124|
|18||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'34.289||0.909||0.066|
|23||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'35.189||1.809||0.217|