Espargaro on pole for Dutch MotoGP

Assen: Spain`s Aleix Espargaro took pole position for Saturday`s Dutch MotoGP race, finishing ahead of reigning champion Marc Marquez, who is aiming for an eighth consecutive season win. 

It is the first-ever pole position for Yahama rider Espargaro, who made his intentions clear on Thursday by setting the fastest lap ever recorded at the current Assen track.

Espargaro, who set a time of 1min 38.789 on Friday outpaced Marquez by a comfortable 1.405sec in changing and difficult weather conditions, with another Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa in third, 1.943sec off the pace.

Italy`s Andrea Iannone will lead the second row, finishing fourth fastest at 1.997sec on a Ducati, with Britain`s Cal Crutchlow on another Ducati alongside him at 2.007sec.