Moto 2: Raul Fernandez Takes Pole Position in Assen

Published on June 26, 2021
By Jack Hammersley

It was a perfect qualifying session for Red Bull KTM Ajo who secured yet another one-two this time in qualifying with Raul Fernandez taking his fourth pole in five races

It was a tough Q1 session as always with the top 13 separated by half a second. It was home rider Bo Bendseyder who topped the session, ahead of Aron Canet, Albert Arenas and Hector Garzo. Italtrans Racing’s Joe Roberts just missed out in fifth whilst Jake Dixon finished in eighth and his team-mate Xavi Vierge ended the session in tenth, they will start from 22nd and 24th tomorrow.

It was Raul Fernandez who qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s race with his team-mate Remy Gardner who surprised himself with starting on the front-row alongside his team-mate considering he’s not had the one lap pace all weekend. They will be looking to take another one-two finish in the race. Who will come out on top.

ELF Marc VDS’s Sam Lowes qualified in third place and he’ll be hoping for a good start in tomorrow’s race to stop the Red Bull KTM Ajo bikes from escaping, but Sam’s starts this year haven’t been the best, can he turn that around tomorrow? His team-mate Augusto Fernandez did set a lap time quick enough for third place, but due to a yellow flag infringement on the lap, he was relegated to eighth position. The Spaniard will be trying to get up the order quickly tomorrow to take his first podium of the season.

Aron Canet and Hector Garzo made good use of their time in Q1, qualifying in fourth and fifth positions. The Spaniards have shown great pace in the wet conditions and have made a good step in the dry, can they be dark horses for the podium tomorrow?

Lorenzo Dalla Porta had a great qualifying session, making good progress from the start of the season and qualified his Italtrans Racing Kalex on the third row in ninth place. The Italian will be looking for his best result in the Moto 2 class tomorrow.

It was a disaster of a session for Marco Bezzecchi who has managed to finish every race this season inside the top six, the Italian also fell victim of a yellow flag infringement and will have to start from 17th on the grid, when he could have started on the third row. Can he make good progress through the pack?

Who will take victory in tomorrow’s Dutch TT which takes place at 12:10 (GMT+2)?

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