The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders both started today’s qualifying sessions with fierce determination, but Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales both were forced to roll out of laps due to yellow flags. They will start tomorrow’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from 2nd and 21st place respectively.
Quartararo was keen on having fun in today’s Q2 session whilst trying to go for pole. His first flyer was cancelled due to exceeding track limits, but his second one was a solid 1’20.437s, putting him in the lead.
With eight minutes still on the clock, El Diablo entered pit lane on his way to a fresh set of tyres. Two minutes later, the YZR-M1 rider was back out, looking forward to shave yet more time off his provisional pole lap. He ran into traffic on his next try, as he was getting his tyres ready for action, but then set a 1’20.247s on lap 7/9, that put him on pole. However, he was later pushed back to second. The Frenchman was keen on giving it another go, but yellow flags denied him the chance to fight for pole. He ended the session 0.011s from first.
Viñales had planned to put in a time attack in the latter stages of this morning’s FP3, but suffered a crash in Turn 1. Though perfectly okay to continue, he didn’t manage to secure a spot for Q2. He waited for most of his fellow Q1 riders to head out ahead of him before commencing his 15-minute shoot-out. His first time-attack attempt moved him up to sixth place. When the pace quickened, the number-12 rider dropped to 12th, but his next lap put him in 7th, and he gained another position after hot lap number three.
Top Gun then headed back to the pits. At the time, he was in sixth place and needed to find 0.381s to take over the top spot. With four and a half minutes to go, he started his challenge. Just when the Spaniard was setting red and orange sectors, yellow flags in Turn 13 spoiled his lap. Unable to make moves on his last attempt, he ended Q1 in 11th place, with a 1’21.165s, set on lap 4/9. His best effort put him 0.521s off the session’s fastest time, and he will start tomorrow’s race from 21st place on the grid.