Sixth Q2 entry of 2019 for Pol Espargaro at hot TT Circuit Assen
Qualification for the Motul TT Assen saw Red Bull KTM take 12th and 18th positions on the grid at the famous circuit for the eighth round of nineteen in 2019 MotoGP. Pol Espargaro grappled with a painful right hand to set a lap-time 1.7 from the Pole Position effort.
Fantastic summer conditions greeted the second and critical day of action at the Motul TT Assen for the oldest and one of the most prestigious Grands Prix on the calendar. The grandstands were already busy for the 71st running of the Dutch round and across a fast track that was bumpy in key spots but also offered considerable grip.
Pol Espargaro came to Assen struggling with a painful right hand as a consequence of his crash in the IRTA test directly after the previous race in Barcelona. The Spaniard had difficulty while turning and braking into certain corners but still persevered to make the cut in Q1 with his last (and quickest) effort of the weekend so far. Pol then tried to make inroads in the top ten with three attempts but finally rested his hand and accepted 12th after the fifteen-minute chrono.
“For sure I am not riding as I want or I wish but it is what I have right now. It is better than in Barcelona where I could not move two fingers or my wrist up or down. We expect the race tomorrow to be really hot and very tricky for everyone. The whole grid might slow the rhythm and I will feel a bit more comfortable. Let’s see what lap-time I can hold.”