Espargaro on pole for Dutch MotoGP


ASSEN: Spain’s Aleix Espargaro took pole position for Saturday’s Dutch MotoGP race, finishing ahead of reigning champion Marc Marquez, who is aiming for an eighth consecutive season win. It is the first-ever pole position for Yahama rider Espargaro, who made his intentions clear on Thursday by setting the fastest lap ever recorded at the current Assen track. Espargaro, who set a time of 1min 38.789 on Friday outpaced Marquez by a comfortable 1.405sec in changing and difficult weather conditions, with another Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa in third, 1.943sec off the pace. Italy’s Andrea Iannone will lead the second row, finishing fourth fastest at 1.997sec on a Ducati, with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow on another Ducati alongside him at 2.007sec. 

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