2013 MotoGP: Crutchlow's First-Ever Pole as Lorenzo Flies Back after Surgery

Cal Crutchlow takes his first-ever pole in Assen 4 photos
Stefan Bradl in AssenStefan Bradl in AssenStefan Bradl in Assen
The 2013 MotoGP round at Assen, the Netherlands will surely be remembered as a truly full weekend in two-wheeled road racing. Alongside the terrible crash of the reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo, two more premieres have gone down in MotoGP history: Cal Crutchlow’s first-ever pole position, and the first-ever front row qualifying for Stefan Bradl.
With Marc Marquez’ spectacular crash today and Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona for a broken collarbone surgery, Crutchlow was the fastest rider at Assen, securing his first pole position in MotoGP. He was followed one third of a second by Marc Marquez and LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl, with his first presence in the front row of the grid, ever.

Rossi, Pedrosa and Smith fill the second row, with the best CRT bike placement being Aleix Espargaro in the first position of row 3.

Deemed fit to fly by the doctors, Jorge Lorenzo is (at the time of writing) back in Assen, determined to spend the weekend with his team. The surgery went alright and we’re happy to see the Cobra back with the team. Karma ain’t a bitch, after all.
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