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Front row slots for Repsol Honda pair

Front row slots for Repsol Honda pair

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will start from second and third respectively on the grid at the Iveco Daily TT Assen.

The unpredictable Dutch weather worsened significantly before Q2. In an intense first five minutes 12 riders competed for the best line, anxious to record a fast time before the track became too wet.

Both Repsol Honda riders attacked immediately, passing several riders, and set times fast enough to place them on the front row of the grid. As the riders returned to their garages with the track becoming wet qualifying was decided.

Most riders then utilised the final seven minutes to get a feeling for their bike in the wet, in case tomorrow’s 26 lap race serves up more of the same.

"I’m happy with this front row, although we obviously wanted to take pole! The weather was very unpredictable, as sometimes it was raining and then it stopped – meaning that conditions were far from ideal. My goal was to get onto the front row, so when I saw that I was up into second I decided not to take any more risks; there was a lot to lose and not much to gain, so I kept calm because I had already reached my target,” said Marquez.

Pedrosa added, "It was a difficult session because the track was half-dry, half-wet, and then it started to rain more heavily. We went out with slick tyres and had time to put in a couple of laps, although there was a lot of traffic and we were all close together. It was hard to know how much of a risk we could take.”

MotoGP, 2014, IVECO DAILY TT ASSEN, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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