Moto2: Lorenzo commands first qualifying

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening 250cc qualifying session at Assen, taking provisional pole by 0.7 seconds over nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso

Moto2: Lorenzo commands first qualifying

Prior to Dovizioso's late improvement, the reigning champion had been 1.2 seconds clear of the rest of the pack.

After his Donington Park accident reduced Lorenzo's once-commanding points lead to just 11 points over Dovizioso, the Spaniard was clearly keen to break away from the opposition again in Assen.

He knocked Alex de Angelis off the top early on, and proceeded to extend his pole margin whenever necessary.

Alvaro Bautista took third, ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama and Thomas Luthi. De Angelis was unable to improve on his early time and fell to seventh.

Gilera's Marco Simoncelli also starred early on, only to drop back. He held second in the opening part of the session, but ended up only eighth.

Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:39.958 2. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:40.681 + 0.723 3. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:41.128 + 1.170 4. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:41.226 + 1.268 5. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:41.367 + 1.409 6. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1:41.408 + 1.450 7. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:41.443 + 1.485 8. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:41.532 + 1.574 9. Julian Simon Honda 1:41.574 + 1.616 10. Mika Kallio KTM 1:41.892 + 1.934 11. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 1:41.986 + 2.028 12. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:42.924 + 2.966 13. R.Locatelli Gilera 1:42.938 + 2.980 14. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:42.987 + 3.029 15. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:42.996 + 3.038 16. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:43.079 + 3.121 17. R.Wilairot Honda 1:43.115 + 3.157 18. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:43.649 + 3.691 19. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 1:43.781 + 3.823 20. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:43.894 + 3.936 21. Eugene Laverty Honda 1:44.148 + 4.190 22. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 1:44.314 + 4.356 23. Dan Linfoot Aprilia 1:44.569 + 4.611 24. Hans Smees Aprilia 1:44.652 + 4.694 25. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:44.787 + 4.829 26. Efren Vazquez Aprilia 1:44.959 + 5.001 27. Ronald Beitler Honda 1:46.765 + 6.807 28. Randy Gevers Aprilia 1:46.887 + 6.929 29. M.Velthuijzen Honda 1:48.800 + 8.842 
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