Martin Denies Bendsneyder Home Pole Position

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Jorge Martin dashed Bo Bendsneyder’s hopes of a maiden Moto3 pole position on home soil with another late burst in qualifying at Assen. The Spaniard has earned a reputation for his blistering pace towards the end of qualifying sessions and the Gresini rider delivered again, claiming his fifth consecutive pole and his sixth in eight races this year.

Pleasant conditions throughout Friday practice had given way to heavy rain on Saturday morning, leaving the lightweight class riders facing their first wet qualifying session of the year. A number of high-profile names were caught out by the change in conditions with championship leader Joan Mir the biggest of them, the championship leader sliding off at turn three.

Bendsneyder was making full use of his local knowledge, setting the pace with a 1:58.851 at the fifteen minute mark, and it looked as though he would hang on for a memorable first pole until the dying seconds of the session. With the sun now shining and the circuit drying out, Martin was able to unleash his sensational single lap pace with a 1:57.595 seeing him to pole by eight tenths of a second.

With Bendsneyder second, Nicolo Bulega completed the front row for Sky VR46 while Nakarin Atiratphuvapat demonstrated his wet-weather skill, the Thai rookie taking a magnificent fourth. Marco Bezzecchi also shone to qualify fifth ahead of championship challenger Aron Canet with Mir dropping to seventh after his mid-session mishap.

Tony Arbolino starts eighth ahead of Manuel Pagliani who ensured both CIP Mahindras will start on the front three rows with Tatsuki Suzuki rounding out the top ten.


Moto3 Motul TT Assen – Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
188. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto31:57.595
264. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:58.424
38. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:59.308
441. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia2:00.056
512. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP2:00.189
644. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:00.560
736. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing2:00.673
814. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:00.713
996. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP2:00.826
1024. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:00.926
117. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team2:01.004
1219. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team2:01.080
1384. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint2:01.092
1495. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers2:01.125
155. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers2:01.125
166. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team2:01.197
1733. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:01.279
1811. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing2:01.357
1817. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team2:01.510
204. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint2:01.525
2121. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto32:01.627
2271. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team2:01.658
2342. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate2:01.749
2448. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar2:01.796
2523. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:01.855
2665. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing2:02.141
2716. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR462:02.642
2840. Darryn BinderKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate2:02.767
2928. Ryan van de LagemaatKTMLamotec Lagemaat Racing2:03.629
3058. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team2:03.715
3131. Raul FernandezMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar2:04.397
3227. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia2:05.736