PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s DutchGP at Assen from 12th on the grid, while team-mate Garrett Gerloff ended his first ever MotoGP qualifying in 22nd.
Consistently improving upon his time from yesterday throughout FP3, Rossi was able to put in a series of strong time attacks and briefly held fifth. The Italian secured a direct place in Q2, setting a 1min 32.894secs lap that placed him ninth. Valentino also demonstrated good race pace in FP4, ahead of a qualifying session that saw the majority of riders separated by the smallest of margins. Rossi got in an early banker lap that placed him tenth, before his second run of 1min 32.919secs saw him end Q2 in 12th – which translates to a fourth row start for tomorrow’s race.
Gerloff also continued to make improvements throughout FP3 and bettered his lap time from yesterday by 1.5secs – 1min 34.254secs. The Texan unfortunately experienced technical issues on his final run and so he ended FP3 22nd, which saw him head into Q1. Garrett’s first ever MotoGP qualifying session saw him set his fastest lap of the weekend so far – 1min 33.739secs. He looked set to improve further on his final flying lap, but lost some time in the final sector. He will start his debut MotoGP race from 22nd on the grid.
Warm up for Rossi and Gerloff will commence tomorrow at 9.40am local time (3.40pm MYT), before the 26-lap MotoGP race gets underway at 2pm local time (8pm MYT).