MOTO GP – Dutch GP – Qualifying
9th race of the season and the calendar goes to one of the most iconic circuits of MotoGP history. The temple of velocity, TT Assen. A track that demands significant precision and much determination on finding the fastest lap on the track.
First Q1 session saw a quit numerous number of ducati riders, with Zarco Bagnaia and Martin having to get trought it. meanwhile other pole contenders were there, like Marc Marquez, Brad Binder or Iker Lecuona. first minutes saw Francesco Bagnaia leading the standings, followed by Pramac rider Jorge Martin, Iker lecuona on 3rd and Danilo Petrucci at top 4. Secon stint was on the run, as the riders were looking for a spot on the next session and pushing hard to get a spot, Petrucci had a strong lap on track, but it was cancelled after exceding the track limits. Some other riders had worse outcomes, like Marc Marquez going to the gravel on a fast lap. It was Johan Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia who went on the first 2 positions, and advanced through Q2; Lecuona and Martin just missed the next session by a little margin.
13. Iker Lecuona /// 14. Jorge Martín /// 15. Lorenzo Savadori
16. Álex Márquez /// 17. Luca Marini /// 18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Enea Bastianini /// 20. Marc Márquez /// 21. Brad Binderr
22. Garret Gerloff
Second session went green and the riders hit the track. First minutes were dominated by both of the Yamahas, As Quartararo and Viñales were demolishing the lap times of the track and constantly lowering the lap times as laps passed by. The closest non-Yamaha rider was Jorge Martin, at more than a half of a second behind the provisional pole. With a few minutes to go, the battle for pole was between teammates, as Viñales took the fastest lap with a some minutes to go, and as Quartararo was trying to get another pole on the season, he was just some tenths short and had to confort with 2nd spot on the grid, Bagnaia closed the front row as the highest Ducati and Maverick viñales finished on pole for the first time this season.
1. Maverick Viñales /// 2. Fabio Quartararo /// 3. Francesco Bagnaia
4. Takaaki Nakagami /// 5. Johann Zarco /// 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Álex Rins /// 8. Jack Miller /// 9. Aleix Espargaró
10. Joan Mir /// 11. Pol Espargaró /// 12. Valentino Rossi
Viñales gets a much needed pole position after a poor weekend at Germany. And with both Yamahas at 1-2, it could mean a big result on the constructors championship. Big race coming up tomorrow at the temple of velocity.