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Moto2 Assen: Perfect timing gives Luthi pole

Tom Luthi timed it right to secure pole ahead of the Dutch Moto2 Grand Prix at Assen as the changeable weather delivered another wet session.
Tom Luthi will start in pole position for the Dutch Moto2 Grand Prix, claiming pole as the rain returned to curtail the action at the legendary Assen track.

The Garage Plus Interwetten had looked strong this weekend before setting the best time of 1m 37.954 as the wet weather returned with a vengeance, the much heavier rain meant their was no chance of improvement for those who had not already banked a quick lap.

Luthi then spent most of his time in the pits until returning to track for a practice start and ride down to parc ferme, with just a brave few venturing back out to test the wet weather.

Johann Zarco was the last man to improve over the line as the rain arrived, jumping into second, 0.4 s behind the pole time at the track where he he won from pole last season.

Ajo Motorsports reigning champion will be looking for back-to-back wins having taken victory in Catalunya and is the only rider in the current field to have previously won a Moto2 race at Assen.

They are joined by another experienced campaigner, with Dominique Aegerter in third for carXpert Interwetten, his first front row start this season.

Fourth went to title contender Sam Lowes for Gresini. The British rider will be joined on row two by Estrella Galicia Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli in fifth and Taka Nakagami in sixth for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.

Sandro Cortese spent more time watching the rain from the pit wall as he sat firm in seventh for Dynavolt Intact GP, while Alex Rins did not get to grips with the conditions quickly enough to maintain his title charge from the front. The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 man starts eighth, with Jonas Folger sandwiching him with the second Dynavolt bike in ninth.

Lorenzo Badlassarri did enough before the rain arrived to complete the top ten for Forward Racing.

Miguel Oliveira was unlucky to miss out on a top ten start but was the top rookie in eleventh and ahead of his Leopard Racing team-mate Danny Kent who will fill 18th on the grid.

Remy Gardner makes a return for Tasca Racing and placed 26th , crashig as the session drew to a close
by Lisa Lewis


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