MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo is planning to escape up front at Assen on Saturday, as he seeks his second victory from pole position in less than a week.
A dominant winner from his first pole of the year at Silverstone last Sunday, Lorenzo continued his perfect Assen weekend by lapping 0.282sec clear of nearest rival Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) in Friday qualifying for the Dutch TT.
Significantly, Lorenzo's nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), who starts round six 37 points behind the Fiat Yamaha rider, could only claim sixth in qualifying.
"I'm very happy to take my second pole of the season but I feel even more comfortable and confident because I've been first in all three practice sessions, despite the other riders pushing hard during qualifying,” said Lorenzo, who has won three races so far this season.
“I think tomorrow's race could be interesting and of course I want to try to win, but as always the main goal is to finish and take points. I will try to escape but if I can't I will fight for the podium.
“We can afford to be very calm because of our lead in the standings but the team and I are still working as hard as we can to keep going at this level; we're not relaxing,” he insisted.
“Jorge is satisfied with the improvements we've made to the bike since yesterday and he was a few tenths faster today, plus he's been extremely consistent in his pace so we can see everything is working well,” added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.
“The only thing left for us to do is to make our final tyre choice for the race, because both Bridgestone compounds are working well here. We will wait to see the temperature tomorrow, make some checks in warm-up and then decide."