Jordi Torres 20th on Assen grid after Quali crash, Nico Terol 24th

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After the light rainfall that made for an entertaining and unpredictable MotoGP qualifying practice the track dried out in time for the Moto2 session and the intermediate category riders were able to take advantage of the incredible grip at this legendary circuit.

The four riders that have been a cut above the rest of the field throughout free practice – Rabat, Aegerter, Lowes and Kallio – were the men who fought for pole position, with Rabat striking the final blow with a 1’37.311, closing in on the lap record here held by Marc Márquez (1’37.133) since 2012.

After setting the fifth fastest time yesterday and lapping ninth fastest this morning Jordi Torres was optimistic about his changes in qualifying but that confidence disappeared early in the session when he crashed in the chicane.

The MAPFRE Aspar rider’s mechanics were able to get him back out on track within ten minutes but the Spaniard struggled to get the same feeling that he had in free practice and he was unable to qualify any higher than twentieth.

Nico Terol was four tenths slower and is four places behind his team-mate on the grid but he remains confident that a turnaround in his fortunes is imminent.

20th Jordi Torres 1.38.464 (23 laps):
“I felt comfortable all day yesterday but we tried some changes today on the front end and with the swingarm and it seems we went the wrong way. The front was too aggressive and I couldn’t let the bike run through the corners. I also had a crash at the start of qualifying, which was an unwanted distraction. We have to take a step backwards with the setting tomorrow, try to get back into our rhythm and hopefully get comfortable on the bike again. Whatever happens I will be giving it my all in the race, just like I did in Barcelona”.

24th Nico Terol 1.38.863 (23 laps):
“We did a good job yesterday but found it more difficult to get our pace together today. The position is not good but I know we are working well and sooner or later things will turn around. I find it difficult to get a feeling for the Moto2 bike around this circuit so we have to keep working hard to find some tenths. The attitude in the team remains positive so I am sure we will improve soon. Hopefully I can get a good start tomorrow and make up as many positions as possible.”

Source: Aspar Media

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