It will be a first row signed by the Sky Racing Team VR46 the one we will see tomorrow on the starting grid of the Dutch GP at Assen. After the positive start in the free practice, further test of strength for the young riders of the Team: Francesco Bagnaia will start, for the second time this season, from pole, while Luca Marini will be in third place.
Thanks to the excellent teamwork and a really productive strategy, both confirm the positions of the first day of free practices and are protagonists in qualifying. On the track to choose the compound for the race, Pecco scored a best lap time of 1.37.608 which earned him the pole position for only 73 thousandths. Very close to his teammate, with a gap of 81 thousandths, Luca who conquers the first row for the first time in his career (1.37.689).
POLE POSITION FRANCESCO BAGNAIA
It was a very productive day: we managed to try both compounds and, at the end, for tomorrow, we will choose the hardest one because I can be more constant and competitive on the pace. It will be a long and very difficult race: there are many riders in a few tenths of gap. I am very happy to split the front row with Luca, we will try to work together to build a good strategy and maybe take, in the first laps, a little bit of advantage.
FRONT ROW THIRD: LUCA MARINI
We did a great job and I’m happy to be back at 100% after the injury. For the first time, after several races, I returned to the track without pain and complications. We have started strong from the free practices and immediately we found an excellent balance of the bike. Together with Pecco, we managed to make a good strategy and we will start from the front row. Also tomorrow we can do a good team work to achieve a good result.
TEAM SKY VR46 TEAM MANAGER PABLO NIETO
What can I say, I can only be satisfied with today’s result: both riders in the front row! An excellent strategy and a lot of teamwork to support Pecco and help Luca to return competitive after the injury. Great commitment from everyone and today a good result that we hope to transform in something good during the race.