Marc Marquez set the fastest lap time during warm-up for Saturday's Dutch MotoGP round at Assen, despite a fall in the closing minutes.

The reigning champion, unbeaten so far this year and starting from second this afternoon, suffered a lowside fall at turn one - where he had previously run wide.

The young Spaniard clung to his Repsol Honda despite sliding on his shoulder, before finally admitting defeat and letting the bike go.

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Marquez was unhurt in the incident and remained fastest by just 0.016s from Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who will start ninth on the grid after being caught out by the qualifying rain.

Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha), Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha) and Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi filled third to fifth in warm-up - and were all within 0.452s of Marquez - suggesting the M1 riders are in good shape.

Aleix Espargaro will be starting from his first ever MotoGP pole and intends to race the special Open class soft rear tyre. Defending Assen winner Rossi will line-up just twelfth after being another victim of the qualifying rain.

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who will complete the front row, was sixth quickest (+0.645s) with Andrea Dovizioso the leading Ducati in seventh.

Team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who will start the race from a season best fifth, was 13th this morning (+1.446s).

With all eyes on the constantly changing weather, after Friday showers and further overnight rain, warm-up took place on a dry track in bright but cloudy conditions. Marquez's best time was 0.659s from his official best lap record in final practice.

Most riders practiced a bike swap in case of rain during the race, Marquez again leaping straight from one RCV to another without touching the ground.