Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP secured a one-two finish this weekend as MotoGP returned to Assen for round nine of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. Fabio Quartararo rode a stunning race to claim his fourth victory of the season while team-mate Maverick Viñales carried the speed shown on Friday and Saturday to secure his first podium finish since Qatar. The PETRONAS Yamaha team had a tricky weekend; despite promising signs shown by Valentino Rossi during the weekend, the Italian’s race came to an early end on lap eight while Garrett Gerloff completed his maiden MotoGP race in 17th.
Fabio Quartararo secured his fourth 2021 MotoGP victory this weekend after an emphatic ride rewarded the Frenchman with 25 championship points.
Starting from the middle of the front row, the 22-year-old launched ahead of team-mate Viñales and grabbed the early advantage, but Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia was keen to keep Quartararo on his toes as the pair battled hard in the opening laps. Sitting in second he looked to get ahead of the Ducati rider on lap three and five but with no joy, the Frenchman hit the front on lap six. With clear track ahead of him, Quartararo dominated to his fourth victory finishing 2.757 seconds clear of team-mate Viñales.
Maverick Viñales had been the man to beat heading into Sunday’s Grand Prix. The Spaniard topped the three free practice sessions before setting a new lap record on his way to pole position. Launching from the first grid spot, Viñales found himself in fifth at the first corner but worked his way to fourth at the end of the opening lap.
Remaining in the leading group until lap 14, the number 12 rider cleared Takaaki Nakagami for third and with Bagnaia being awarded a Long Lap Penalty, the former Moto3 champion was into second place.
From there, he put the hammer down, setting personal best laps of the race while closing Quartararo down. Eventually Top Gun had to settle for second place and 20 championship points.
The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT squad left Assen unrewarded. Valentino Rossi’s promising weekend came to a premature end after he lost the front at turn eight. Team-mate for the weekend, Garrett Gerloff, enjoyed his maiden premier class Grand Prix. The rider deputising for Morbidelli was in the mix in the early laps and eventually finished 17th.
Today‘s results see Quartararo increase his lead in the championship standings to a 34-point advantage and a 156 points total. Viñales remains in sixth, with a 95 points total. Yamaha is still in first place in the constructor championship with 184 points, and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP is also in first place in the team standings with 251 points.
Ending the first half of the 2021 MotoGP season on a high note, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team will now enjoy a five-week summer break before commencing the second half of the season with the Styrian GP held in Spielberg, Austria, from 6th - 8th August.
MOTUL TT Assen Race Results
1. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)
2. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) +2.757
3. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +5.760
4. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) +6.130
5. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +8.402
6. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) +10.035
7. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) +10.110
8. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +10.346
9. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU) +12.225
10. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) +18.565
11. Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +21.372
12. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +21.676
13. Danilo Petrucci (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) +27.783
14. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) +29.772
15. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) +32.785
16. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +37.573
17. Garrett Gerloff (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT) +53.213
18. Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) +1’06.791
NC. Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) +8 laps
NC. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) +8 laps
NC. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) +12 laps
NC. Valentino Rossi (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT) +19 laps
2021 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 156 point
2. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) 122 points
3. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) 109 points
4. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) 101 points
5. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) 100 points
6. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 95 points
7. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) 85 points
8. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) 61 points
9. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) 60 points
10. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) 50 points
11. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMTISU) 41 points
12. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) 41 points
13. Franco Morbidelli (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT) 40 points
14. Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) 33 points
15. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda CASTROL) 27 points
16. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) 27 points
17. Danilo Petrucci (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) 26 points
18. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) 23 points
19. Valentino Rossi (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT) 17 points
20. Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) 14 points
21. Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) 13 points
22. Stefan Bradl (Honda HRC) 11 points
23. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) 4 points
24. Michele Pirro (Pramac Racing) 3 points
25. Tito Rabat (Pramac Racing) 1 point