Marco Simoncelli will be desperate to turn his second pole - and fifth consecutive top-two start - into his first MotoGP podium at Assen on Saturday.
Simoncelli dominated the Dutch qualifying session almost from start to finish, though Ben Spies (Yamaha) did put in a quick lap that threatened Simoncelli's dominance.
The Italian set the fast time early in the one hour session, held in cool, sunny weather, and was only displaced twice and both times by Spies. The first time was for only one lap, the second time for about ten minutes.
Simoncelli finished the session just 0.009sec ahead of the American, and - given his lack of race day fortune this season - joked that a Saturday race might be a good omen.
“Obviously I am really happy, but right now I just want everything to go to plan on race day and finally pick up the result I feel myself and the team deserve," he began.
"The bike is good although obviously not quite 100% because we have not had much time to set it up and there is not a lot of grip in a lot of the corners.
"I have been fast in the wet and the dry and my pace is good, but now it is important to do well tomorrow - maybe the fact we're racing on a Saturday could be a good omen!”
Simoncelli has crashed out of three of the six races this year, and was penalised with a ride-through penalty while holding second place at Le Mans, after a collision with Dani Pedrosa.