Stoner On Pole For Assen MotoGP
ASSEN, Netherlands – Casey Stoner will start from the pole for Saturday’s MotoGP Iveco TT Assen event at TT Circuit Assen.
During a qualifying session plagued by rain, Stoner eventually lit up the track as the Australian grabbed his 37th career pole.
Stoner edged his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa by .115 second, with championship leader Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha clocking in third.
The pole came after a major crash in the morning practice session for Stoner.
“This morning was probably one of my biggest crashes, which is saying something,” Stoner said. “The crash really knocked the wind out of me, I hurt my head, neck, wrist, knee and shoulder, it was a bad one for sure.
“The team did a really great job, they kept their heads down even when I wasn’t riding to my full potential or the bike’s full potential and when we were struggling to get the rear tyre to work, they didn’t give up. Then when we came back onto the soft rear tyre for the first time since FP1, the bike had much more feeling and we were able to put together a fantastic lap and put it on pole. As far as race pace goes, we’re still struggling and we need to work on this and make some decisions before the race,” Stoner said.