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MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP DOMINATE ASSEN QUALIFYING

Assen (The Netherlands), 26th June 2021

GRAND PRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS
QUALIFYING

Maverick Viñales secured pole position at the TT Circuit Assen, setting a new All Time Lap Record. Fabio Quartararo was the only other rider able to challenge his teammate. He set the second fastest time, just 0.071s off pole, to make it a Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1-2.

LOCAL TIME: 14:35 GMT+2
 
AIR TEMPERATURE: 25°C
 
TRACK TEMPERATURE: 34°C
 
WEATHER: SUNNY / HUMIDITY 55%
 
1st
MAVERICK VIÑALES
1’31.814 / 8 LAPS
2nd
FABIO QUARTARARO
1’31.885 / 7 LAPS
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The Dutch GP qualifying session at the TT Circuit Assen was a showdown between the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders. The fight for pole was between Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo, with the former winning the shoot-out by just 0.071s.

Viñales had continued the positive momentum from Day 1 in Assen on qualifying day in the FP3 and FP4 sessions, and it put an extra spring in his step for Q2. He left the Factory Yamaha garage as soon as possible. His benchmark lap of 1’32.413s put him in provisional first place until his teammate crossed the finish line after his first hot lap.

The Spaniard returned to the pit immediately for a fresh tyre. With seven and a half minutes remaining, he dashed out for his second run. He had a 0.491s gap to bridge to take over the top spot. Unable to improve on his next flyer due to a big moment in Turn 9, he put his head down once more. He then set a 1’31.814, a new All Time Lap Record. He couldn’t make further strides on his next attempt, but his incredible fastest time earned him his first pole of the season.

Quartararo had the opposite strategy at the start of the qualifying session. He allowed most of the riders to exit pit lane before stepping aboard his M1 to start the Q2 shoot-out in peace, without tailing rivals. He took over from Viñales at the top of the timesheets with a 1’32.336s first attempt, but he had more to give. He set a 1’31.922s, the first ever sub-1’32s lap at the Circuit TT Assen. It put him 0.491s ahead of his teammate in second place.

With seven and a half minutes remaining, he entered pit lane for a quick stop and a fresh rear tyre. He improved his time to a 1’31.885s, reducing the gap to 0.071s. El Diablo loves qualifying and doesn’t settle for second place. However, a small mistake in Turn 10 cost him the pole on his last hot lap. He will start the race from second on the grid, making it a Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1-2.

 
 
MASSIMO MEREGALLI
MASSIMO MEREGALLI
TEAM DIRECTOR

Today was a textbook performance from our team. We took part in three sessions and secured 1-2 results in all three of them. This is positive, because it means we have both one-lap speed and a competitive pace for tomorrow’s race. During Q2, Maverick and Fabio were in a league of their own, no other rider was able to drop under the 1’32s-mark today, so we were very satisfied with both of them. So far, the Assen weekend has been a complete turnaround from the Sachsenring, but we still have the race to come. We will work tonight to finalise the set-up for tomorrow. We have a pretty good idea of which tyre option we prefer for tomorrow. We just hope that it will stay dry, because if that is the case, we expect the race to be a thriller.

MAVERICK VIÑALES
MAVERICK VIÑALES

We worked hard since FP1 and there was great grip on the bike, so I could be competitive and fast. Overall, this weekend has been good. I’m very happy, honestly. The bike is working fantastic. I’m really happy with all the work we did during the weekend. In the first three practices I was first, and I think that tomorrow we will have a good opportunity to fight for the podium.

FABIO QUARTARARO
FABIO QUARTARARO

I’m not complaining about being in second place. I’m feeling happy. I know that we have the pace to fight for the victory tomorrow, so that is the most important. I got a front row, even though I didn’t have a great feeling with the soft rear tyre all weekend, and I feel like this was a great lap time. For me, I did the best I could on that tyre, and we achieved a great result, but our work in FP4 was more important, because we achieved a really great race pace. I feel good and I feel confident, so I can’t wait for tomorrow, honestly. I’m full of adrenaline, I think we can do super well.

QUALIFYING RESULTS
26/06/2021

Session Results