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Zarco leaves it late to top Q1 and join Bagnaia in Q2

It looked like it was all over for the Frenchman with less than two minutes remaining but a last-gasp flying lap secured his spot in Q2

Pramac Racing's Johann Zarco produced a stunning last-gasp flying lap to top Q1 at the Motul TT Assen and join factory counterpart Francesco Bagnaia in Q2. The Frenchman was unable to set a flying lap in the first runs meaning he was the target of many to try follow in the closing stages.

Tech3 KTM Factory Racing's Iker Lecuona made best use of the tow on the first of the flying laps, jumping up to P2 behind Bagnaia. Before then Zarco, having earlier made a mistake and it appearing as if it was game over, the Pramac man dug deep to go top with the chequered flag out.

Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez crashed out in the closing stages, meaning the eight-time World Champion was forced to settle for a career-worst MotoGP™ qualifying result just six days on from victory at the German Grand Prix. He will line-up 20th on the grid for Sunday's main event.

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