Marco Simoncelli has claimed his second pole position in succession, after a tussle with Yamaha’s Ben Spies in qualifying for tomorrows Dutch Grand Prix. Simoncelli eventually wrestled his San Carlo Honda Gresini around the Assen Circuit to beat Spies by just 0.009s with a time of 1:34.718. Spies has found a spark in form after leading the timesheets for most of the session after being the first rider to break into the 1:34s.
Casey Stoner will line up in third on the lead Repsol Honda, after finishing 0.290s behind the satellite Honda. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo occupies the front of the second row after being edged out by his team mate for the first time this season. Andrea Dovizioso starts in 5th on the second Repsol Honda, with the injured Cal Crutchlow claiming another 6th place start on the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Row three is led by Karel Abraham on the Cardion AB Motoracing machine. The rookie was running as high as 3rd at one point, but finished the session as the lead Ducati, ahead of the factory machine of Nicky Hayden in 9th. Colin Edwards secured another strong qualifying for Tech3 after qualifying in 8th position.
Randy De Puniet grabbed 10th and will lead Row 4 on what will be the sole Pramac Ducati as Loris Capirossi will not be racing tomorrow after ending the session battered and bruised when he lost control of his bike, and then being hit by the wayward Ducati. The veteran Italian was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and an injured rib cage.
Valentino Rossi lines up in the middle of Row four after another difficult session for the Italian despite having an updated package this weekend. Dani Pedrosa‘s replacement Hiroshi Aoyama will line up in 12th on the third Repsol Honda.
Hector Barbera starts in 13th with his Mapfre Aspar Ducati at the head of Row 5, with the sole Rizla Suzuki machine of Ã€lvaro Bautista in 14th. The injured Loris Capirossi had finished the session in 15th.
LCR Honda‘s Toni Elias also suffered a fall in the session, but recovered to claim 16th ahead of the HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi, who is filling the seat vacated by Aoyama at San Carlo Honda.