Crutchlow Secures First MotoGP Pole
ASSEN, Netherlands – Britain’s Cal Crutchlow will start from his first ever pole position for Saturday’s Iveco TT Assen at TT Circuit Assen.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider will share the front row with Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl.
A truly dramatic qualifying session for the 65th World Championship Dutch TT concluded with several riders grabbing provisional pole position, only to be bumped by their rivals just moments later.
Rain had fallen earlier in the day but would not disrupt the grid-deciding period.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, Bradl and Marquez all provisionally held the top spot before Crutchlow delivered the pole time of 1:34.398 to become the first British MotoGP pole-sitter since Jeremy McWilliams at Phillip Island in 2002.
Behind him, Marquez qualified in the top three for the first time since Le Mans and 2011 Moto2 title winner Bradl sealed his first front row start in the premier class.
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had looked likely to collect his third consecutive pole, but crashed at De Bult with six and a half minutes remaining and would tumble to fifth.