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Motorcycles Quartararo: Vinales "in another league" in Qatar MotoGP

14:06  29 march  2021
14:06  29 march  2021 Source:   msn.com

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 Yamaha duo looking forward to test driver Crutchlow: © Motorsport Images Quartararo and Vinales often struggled with similar problems in 2020 In 2020, Yamaha achieved the most victories of all manufacturers, in the battle for the title but no chance against the competition. Problems with reliability and fluctuating performance threw back the Japanese.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP ’s Maverick Viñales gave a masterclass today at the Losail International Circuit. The Yamaha man started the 2021 MotoGP season with a perfect victory at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Teammate Fabio Quartararo also put up a strong fight. He made up a lot of ground in the opening laps and finished in fifth He was just in another league and had much more grip than I did. In the end I could overtake Rins and Miller because I was riding in a different way, so that’s something positive. Last year, on difficult days we made mistakes and finished in P14 or crashed.

Today’s results put Viñales and Quartararo in first and fifth place in the championship standings, with 25 and 11 points respectively. Yamaha and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are also in first place with 25 and 36 point totals after Round 1. The MotoGP paddock will stay in Qatar , as next I decided to adjust my riding a little, but Maverick still overtook me. He was just in another league and had much more grip than I did. In the end I could overtake Rins and Miller because I was riding in a different way, so that’s something positive. Last year, on difficult days we made mistakes and finished

Fabio Quartararo says his factory Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales was “in another league” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as the Frenchman had a “disaster” with tyre wear.

a person riding a motorcycle on a track: Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing

Vinales trailed Quartararo in the opening stages of Sunday's season opener at Losail, but carved through from sixth at the end of the opening lap to pass four Ducatis and Quartararo to score victory.

Quartararo faded from the podium battle to fifth by the chequered flag having encountered a drop in rear tyre grip he hadn't experienced at all with the 2021 Yamaha.

Quartararo is also "a bit scared"

 Quartararo is also Despite good pace in Qatar, © Motorsport Images Quartararo is not one hundred percent happy on the 2021 Yamaha On the third day of MotoGP testing, Fabio Quartararo was only narrowly beaten. With a late attack on the fastest time, Jack Miller (Ducati) pushed the Yamaha rider out of the lead. Both were below the old lap record in Qatar, just 0.080 seconds separated the leading duo. "The lap that I managed was one of the best laps I've ever driven," sums up Quartararo.

Marquez in another league . Reigning champion Marc Marquez seems without any doubt to be the man to beat. That's what post-season testing in Valencia suggested and since then the Honda rider has confirmed that status. So far, Marquez is living up to one of the goals he set at the end of last year: crashing less than before. In six days of testing, he’s only crashed twice (once in Sepang and once in Buriram). Despite having things in his favour, he's mindful of the case of Maverick Vinales last year, for example, and he always answers with caution.

Marquez in another league . Reigning champion Marc Marquez seems without any doubt to be the man to beat. That's what post-season testing in Valencia suggested and since then the Honda rider has confirmed that status. Clearly, Marquez remains the reference, which is how the likes of Andrea Dovizioso In six days of testing, he’s only crashed twice (once in Sepang and once in Buriram). Despite having things in his favour, he's mindful of the case of Maverick Vinales last year, for example, and he always answers with caution. However, no one doubts that he’s the favourite for victory.

The Frenchman noted his push in the end to get back ahead of Ducati's Jack Miller and the Suzuki of Alex Rins to salvage fifth came from his "experience" of difficult days during his 2020 season.

"Actually, I was feeling so strong from the beginning and as soon as I overtook Jack I could catch Johann [Zarco] so fast," he explained.

"But I could feel a big drop on the rear tyre that I didn't expect because in the test, in the practices I didn't have a drop in the rear tyre.

"And today it was a total disaster. When Maverick overtook me he was just in another league and he had much more grip than us.

"At the end I could overtake Rins and Miller because I was riding in a different way in the end.

"It's experience from last year that actually P5 in a day that is not great for us, it's what we need to do. In a tough day, making this kind of result will help at the end of the year."

Vinales without MotoGP crew chief until Qatar race day

  Vinales without MotoGP crew chief until Qatar race day Maverick Vinales has confirmed he will be without his MotoGP crew chief until at least Sunday of the Qatar Grand Prix due to a reactive COVID-19 test result. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Rumours emerged earlier in the week on the run up to the opening round of the 2021 MotoGP season that Vinales’ Yamaha crew chief Esteban Garcia had tested positive for COVID-19. Vinales confirmed Garcia had an initial test which proved reactive – meaning the result didn’t count – but tested negative on Wednesday.

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Quartararo is at a loss to explain his tyre drop as he doesn't feel he was riding hard and is "really curious" to check Vinales' data to see why he didn't have the same issues.

"Honestly, my riding – even when I was overtaking Jack – my riding was smooth," he added.

"I was not burning the tyre like hell to overtake. I was feeling great, doing great corner speed and just the tyre had a big drop. So, this is what I don't understand.

"Also, when I saw Maverick, when he overtook me, I was struggling but I saw he was pushing quite a lot with the tyre.

"I say 'OK, maybe he will have a drop a little bit later'.

"But every time we had more and more drop, and luckily I had great front feeling and I could manage to make lap time in a different way.

"I feel it's more physical [the bike] because I never had that shaking like today. I had lack of grip, the bike was so aggressive and a lot of shaking.

"So, [it's] strange and I'm wondering to see how Maverick makes the first laps, if he was more smooth than us.

"But I felt like I was riding so smooth in the beginning. I talk with Valentino [Rossi] and he had the same drop as me. So, it's quite a strange situation, I'm really curious."

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Ducati's Jack Miller dominates a damp first practice session at the French GP.

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