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Florian Marino has followed in the footsteps of countryman Loris Baz in claiming his first career pole position at Assen, the Frenchman holding off his main rivals in a tight World Supersport qualifying session.
With the team coming close to a pole position with PJ Jacobsen last time out at Aragon, it was Marino that would get the job done around the Dutch circuit, his lap time of 1min 38.106secs continuously resisting repeated attempts from rivals.
With a flurry of rain mid-session putting a breather on proceedings, Marino would stay firm despite several attempts on his position in the closing stages from the likes of Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark.
Indeed, though both riders would repeatedly put in best sectors, they couldn't string it together for a whole lap, Sofuoglu undone by a sliding moment on his final lap, while van der Mark found himself baulked on the final corner – much to his visible frustration as he gesticulated at the offending traffic.
Despite this, both will start on the front row alongside Marino, with Jules Cluzel leading a second row of Jack Kennedy and championship leader Kev Coghlan, the Scot struggling to get amongst the front runners this weekend.
Another rider hampered by traffic, Lorenzo Zanetti will start seventh, ahead of Marco Bussolotti – starting a career best eighth – and PJ Jacobsen, with Raffaele de Rosa completing the top ten.
Incidents in the session were limited to a crash for Alessandro Nocco, the Italian starting in 19th.