Regardless of the specter of rain hanging over the Assen circuit on Saturday afternoon, the pole shootout session started with crimson sizzling tempo as Pramac’s Jorge Martin set a brand new lap file of 1m31.708s.
However manufacturing facility Ducati counterpart Bagnaia smashed this with simply over 4 minutes of Q2 remaining to claim his fourth pole of the year with a 1m31.504s.
Bagnaia pitted after that lap as he felt setting a greater time wasn’t doable, explaining he wouldn’t have minded being overtaken had a rival in some way overwhelmed him.
“Yeah, it’s the rationale I finished within the field, as a result of I mentioned ‘doing greater than that is inconceivable for me’,” Bagnaia mentioned when requested if his 1m31.504s was the right lap.
“If somebody overtakes me, it will be okay. However I’m very glad for this qualifying as a result of this morning I used to be struggling rather a lot to be constant and aggressive.
“Because of my group we did an excellent job and in FP4 we discovered a strategy to work that helped me rather a lot with racing tyres, and in addition for the time assault we’re all the time so aggressive.
“I’m very glad for that – however extra for the step in entrance we did.”
Bagnaia wasn’t challenged because the clock counted down the ultimate seconds of Q2, with nearest rival Fabio Quartararo having a giant second on the Flip 5 hairpin on his final try.
Nonetheless, the championship chief thinks that lap was “going to be somewhat bit worse” anyway and was glad to accept second.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“I’m getting used to combating with the Italian bikes,” Quartararo mentioned, as he slotted in between two Ducatis and forward of the Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.
“All the time in qualifying it’s extra difficult than within the earlier yr to make nice qualifyings.
“I used to be actually on the restrict and the lap I did, I needed to strive the subsequent lap that I knew was going to be somewhat bit worse. However I’m so glad, I feel the entrance row was the purpose for in the present day.
“I feel that second was somewhat bit unusual as a result of it was probably not a second. I simply slid and I misplaced my footing.”
Looking forward to the race, Bagnaia believes it may very well be doable for himself and Quartararo to interrupt away from the pack within the early levels as they did in Germany, regardless of that not being one thing that sometimes occurs at Assen.
“For certain Fabio on this monitor is all the time so aggressive,” added the Ducati rider, who has failed to complete the final two grands prix and is now 91 factors behind Quartararo within the championship.
“I want to have a battle, however to the top of the race and never simply the primary two laps.
“However I feel different riders have performed a terrific job in the present day, like Aleix [Espargaro] and Jorge [Martin].
“I feel it’s harder on this monitor to open a niche initially, however we’ve got demonstrated to be so aggressive within the first laps already, and Fabio too. So possibly it will likely be doable to open a niche.”