It was an expensive qualifying day for Repsol Honda at the 7th round of the MotoGP World Championship from Assen with both rookie rider, Marc Marquez and current championship leader, Dani Pedrosa throwing their RC213V machines at the scenery in Free Practice 3 and Qualifying 2, respectively.
|The sole Spaniard on the front row tomorrow…
Photo: Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez was on course to take top spot in FP3 this morning before suffering an incident similar to that of Jorge Lorenzo’s yesterday, albeit a corner later, but still a 5th gear highside. The rookie walked away from the incident with a broken finger and toe, though from the look of the crash, it could well have been far worse as the bike landed on top of the 20 year old.
This afternoon, Marquez looked quick again during Q2 leading the session several times. However, his progress was slightly hindered in the closing minutes of the session after a very near miss between himself and Bradley Smith heading into the first turn. After regrouping, the Spaniard was able to fit in a final flying lap where he took pole, for mere seconds before it was snatched away from his grasp by Crutchlow. Provided that Marquez isn’t feeling too sore in the morning, we’d expect to see the youngster up the sharp end, if not fighting for the win at the Dutch circuit. “The session went pretty well. It was very important that we took part in qualifying and got this position on the grid, as before FP4 we did not expect to get a spot on the front row. We were certainly not expecting second, because the pain in my finger was really affecting me. When I put my glove on it hurt a lot, as did my back – my foot wasn’t as bad, fortunately. I tried to stay focused on the bike, despite the bruises, and we managed to get a good time. Today we were able to ride a hot lap, tomorrow we will have to see how we manage over 26 laps. The weather will also be a very important factor, because here it has been constantly changing this weekend”