Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro was left bitterly disappointed after dropping to the fourth row for the Dutch MotoGP.

Espargaro, who had led the time sheets in the dry on the YZR-M1 in FP1, had been on a high after setting the fourth fastest time in FP4.

However, qualifying became something of a lottery and Espargaro was one of the riders who missed out on the chance to set a fast lap before the heavens opened at Assen, with his lap of 1m 43.085s only good enough for 11th place on the grid.

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"I have no words to describe how disappointed I am. The feeling with the bike and the confidence I had this morning had been amazing and until the qualifying session it had probably been my best day on a MotoGP bike," said Espargaro, whose older brother Aleix claimed his first MotoGP pole position in the session.

"We were in a big group and I was behind [Jorge] Lorenzo and when it started to rain I was a little bit faster than Lorenzo.

"[Marc] Marquez overtook us and I overtook Lorenzo; I tried to be behind Marquez for all the lap but I was just sixth. He was blocking me in the first three corners and I lost three, four seconds and I was not able to recover in the rest of the track," he added.

"That's what really upsets me. However, I think we have just been unlucky. I know that Marquez didn't see me and he closed [the door] and everything was too nervous. Then when I wanted to push it was raining a lot and I was not able to make another lap."

Asked if Marquez's early overtaking moves to force his way to the front of the pack had been dangerous, Espargaro said: "He [Marquez] had to overtake us because he was faster than us and I also was risking a little bit; it was normal that you have to take some risks.

"Nevertheless we have to be positive and I am happy to say that in the case of a dry race, we are really competitive."