Best ever qualifying for Mahindra at Assen
Webb qualified 11th, on the fourth row of the grid, with German team-mate Schrötter one row behind in 14th.
The riders had to play their cards carefully, in a 40-minute qualifying session that started minutes before a shower swept the 4.542 km circuit in the north of the Netherlands. Watching as conditions improved, both judged the timing right to fit dry-weather slick tyres, and continue with the strong form that has buoyed up the team’s spirits all weekend.
“We have been improving step by step all year, and to have both riders in the top 15 is very satisfying,” said team manager Nicola Casadei. “Danny is less than two seconds from pole and Marcel only a couple of tenths from him, and both bikes have run perfectly all weekend.
“I’m especially pleased with how Marcel has gained confidence and moved up closer to his potential.”
The Dutch TT, unusually a Saturday race, is the seventh round of the 17-race 125 World Championship. The two-rider Mahindra team – the Indian motor industry giant’s first step in GP racing – is the only one in the class to make its own engine and chassis.