Valentino expressed his worry over his poor qualifying sessions and stated that he needs to be in the front rows to win races. Valentino's dominance started off right from Free Practice 1 (FP1), and his Pole setting lap is almost 1.1 seconds off the previous record held By Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda, in 2012.
Aleix Espargaro, the golden boy for Team Suzuki Ecstar was on the verge of clinching his second consecutive pole position in 2015, and the second consecutive pole at Assen by lapping a 1:32.827- The first ever Laptime in the 1:32's at the Dutch circuit. Aleix had to face Qualifying 1 as he failed to complete in the Top-10 in FP3.
Third place was up for grabs- and it was the Reigning world champion Marc Marquez who completes the first row for tomorrow's race. Marquez, who struggled with the 2015 bike has switched back to the 2014 bike's chassis and 2015's internals. This formula worked for him, as he topped FP4 and led the proceedings in Q2 with a 1:33.005 lap, but clung onto third place after his teammate Dani Pedrosa moved to fourth.
Dani Pedrosa is on the second row, after a motivating third place at his home race in Catalunya. The Honda rider is recovering from his arm pump surgery he had a few weeks ago, and seems to have settled well with the bike after leading FP2 with the fastest laptime on Thursday.
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