Rabat Continues Qualifying Dominance At Assen

Esteve Rabat claimed his sixth pole position in eight attempts in the 2014 Moto2 season after seeing off the challenge of Dominique Aegerter at Assen. The championship leader wasn’t quite as dominant as he had been in Catalunya but when it came to the business end of qualifying, Esteve emerged on top again.

Having shown promising pace through free practice, Sam Lowes began the session with genuine hopes of a second front row start in Moto2 and the Briton was on the pace immediately, going fastest on a 1:38.134. The times were always likely to tumble though following the drizzle towards the end of MotoGP qualifying and Sam’s benchmark was soon blown away by Aegerter, before Mika Kallio took provisional pole for Marc VDS.

Mika maintained his lead until the final fifteen minutes when Aegerter improved to a 1:37.510, some four tenths quicker than the Finn, but Marc VDs would have the final say as Rabat clocked a 1:37.311 two minutes from time, denying Aegerter the first pole of his Grand Prix career.

A late improvement moved Sam Lowes back onto the front row in third and a last gasp flyer from Mika Kallio couldn’t dislodge him. The Finn finished 0.025s down in fourth with Takaaki Nakagami announcing his return to form with fifth, just ahead of Simone Corsi. Johann Zarco will start seventh tomorrow ahead of Maverick Vinales with Ricard Cardus and Xavier Simeon completing the top ten.