June 30, 2018 / 3:01 PM / 3 months ago

Marquez pips Crutchlow for Dutch TT pole position

(Reuters) - Honda’s MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will start Sunday’s Dutch TT on pole position with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow alongside on the front row after a knife-edge qualifying session.

MotoGP - TT Assen Grand Prix -TT Assen Circuit, Assen, Netherlands - June 30, 2018 - Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action during the motogp qualifying. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The Spaniard, who leads Italian Valentino Rossi in the standings by 27 points after seven races, lapped the Assen circuit with a fastest time of one minute 32.791 seconds for his second pole of the season.

Crutchlow, on a non-works LCR Honda, was 0.041 slower with Rossi, a 10 times winner at Assen who crashed in final practice, completing the front row for Yamaha in a hectic close to the session.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the previous two races for Ducati, qualified only 10th but the gap between him and Marquez was still only 0.376 of a second.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Spielberg, Austria. editing by Ken Ferris

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