Motorcycles Fabio Quartararo Single Yamaha Pilot in the Top 15, Maverick Vinales on P21
Vinales feels “Yamaha is back” after Qatar MotoGP win
Qatar Grand Prix winner Maverick Vinales believes Yamaha “is back” to its full potential following his commanding victory in the 2021 MotoGP season-opener. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Race winner Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Despite dropping to sixth as a quartet of Ducatis rocketed to the front at the start of the 22-lap race, Vinales rallied to fight his way through to the front of the pack by the 15th tour. From there, he opened up a gap of over a second to come under no threat through to the chequered flag for his ninth MotoGP victory.
for Yamaha only a Yamaha pilot managed in qualifying on the Sachsenring the leap into the top 15 (). Fabio Quartararo set his factory M1 in the Q2 into the first start series and failed by just 0.011 seconds at the Pole-time of Landsmann Johann Zarco (Pramac-Ducati). For Yamaha Werkspilot Maverick Vinales and the two Petronas-Yamahas von Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli was already in the Q1 terminus.
with starting point Two was quartararo with a distance of best Yamaha pilot. Accordingly, the Frenchman commented on its performance: "In qualifying it ran great. I gave 100 percent. We have a bit struggling. I expected a slightly better feeling for the front wheel. But I put the Yamaha in the first row. That's one Good result for us. "
Quartararo: Vinales "in another league" in Qatar MotoGP
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. © 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.
before the weekend Yamaha had the favorite status. "I'll be a Yamaha route or if it's a Ducati track. Qatar and Mugello were Ducati routes for me. In Mugello, I was fighting for victory. In Qatar there were two Yamaha victories," Notes Quartararo.
"It was a positive day for us," accounts for the World Cup leader. "In the morning we brought together some great rounds. For the FT4 in the afternoon we met the decision to drive in a row. It was pretty interesting to watch how the tire reacts. It was different than when you drive, stop and then continues. "
"It was interesting," Quartararo tries to unsettle his opponents. Completely happy is the Yamaha work pilot with the vote of his Yamaha M1 but not yet. "We have to find improvements for the final rounds," says Quartararo.
Yamaha tester Crutchlow allowing Vinales to focus on racing
Maverick Vinales says the introduction of Cal Crutchlow as Yamaha MotoGP test rider for 2021 has allowed him to “concentrate on racing”, following his commanding Qatar GP win. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Vinales stormed to victory in last Sunday's 2021 season-opener at Losail after surmounting a quartet of Ducatis and Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo. Over the winter Yamaha installed three-time MotoGP race winner Crutchlow as its new test rider, with the Briton present in the Qatar test earlier in March.
Fabio Quartararo counts with Marc Marquez and Miguel Oliveira
the prerequisites for the race are good. "We know that the first start series is very important here. It is for me the route, on which it is the hardest to overtake. Marc (Marquez) and Miguel (Oliveira) are really strong. I think the top 6 are Strong, including Jack (Miller). It will run an interesting race. It will be fun. "
from physically, quartararo does not have to worry about the Sachsenring. The arm pump problems were made from the world. "After the second surgery, I feel really good. There are almost only left curves here. It is not so demanding for the right arm. I feel good," he commented.
Maverick Vinales after P21 Not particularly talkative
Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales experienced a messed Saturday on the Sachsenring. After the fall in the FT3, the Spaniard had to compete in Q1. The ascent into the Q2 missed Vinales clearly. He will go to the race from the penultimate starting place. "I do not know what to say. We work. I can not say more," says Vinales Wordkarg.
"We are far from our level. We are at the low point. I really do not know what to say, because I do not know," says the Spaniards. Does Yamaha have problems on the Sachsenring? "I do not think so. I can not speak for the others," the Yamaha Werkspilot notes.
"I do not think I'm fighting here. I think we have a different problem," Vinales delivers a cryptic answer and adds: "We have to work, understand it and improve it."
Maverick Vinales – A timeline of his Yamaha MotoGP exit .
On Friday morning Yamaha confirmed it had parted ways with Maverick Vinales with immediate effect, bringing to an end a complicated chapter in MotoGP history.Signed as the future prospect who could fill the outgoing Jorge Lorenzo’s shoes and act as a safeguard to Yamaha’s future once Valentino Rossi finally hung up his helmet, a fraught four-and-a-half years has come to an end in bitter circumstances.