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Quartararo Collects Front-Row Start in Silverstone Qualifying

Quartararo Collects Front-Row Start in Silverstone Qualifying

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo secured 3rd place in today‘s Silverstone Q2 session, earning him an eleventh front-row start out of twelve Grands Prix so far this season. Cal Crutchlow used the second day to improve his race pace with the Factory Yamaha bike and will start the Monster Energy British Grand Prix from 19th on the grid.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Cal Crutchlow started Day 2 at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix event booking good progress in terms of race pace. However, both riders had hoped for more during their respective qualifying sessions. The Frenchman didn‘t quite have the right feeling with the soft rear tyre when pushing, but still ended Q2 in 3rd place. The Briton also saved his best for last in Q1 and ended the session in 19th place.

With the Silverstone Circuit being quite long, Quartararo was keen not to waste a second in qualifying. When the pit lane lights turned green for Q2, he soon set out on his first run and immediately posted a 1‘58.990s to take over at the top of the timesheets with a 0.350s lead. The Yamaha man set the first 1‘58s lap of the weekend, despite the left foot injury he sustained yesterday. 

Satisfied with his first attempt but not so much with the feeling he had with the soft rear tyre, Quartararo returned to the pits with seven and a half minutes remaining. Two and a half minutes later he began his second run. At the time he had a 0.270s advantage, but the sting was in the tail of the Q2 session. With the pace picking up in the final stages, El Diablo had to push. On his sixth and last lap he produced a 1‘58.925s for third, finishing 0.036s from pole.

Crutchlow had made good steps in FP3 and FP4, making him all the more curious to see what he could do in the Q1 session. His 2‘03.011s banker lap put him in provisional seventh place. The live timing started flashing various red sectors, and the local hero joined in on the fun. His next 2‘00.440s temporarily moved him up to sixth, though he was in seventh place when he returned to the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP pit box for a change of tyres with six minutes left on the clock.

Following a quick stop and out lap, he had two more chances to improve his time. He was in ninth place and pushing, setting two personal best sectors, but a crash by Enea Bastianini in Sector 3 meant the number-35 rider had to roll off the throttle. It was now or never for the Briton. His final effort, a 2‘00.217s, was a nice improvement on his time. It ultimately kept him 9th in the Q1 standings and put him in 19th place on the grid.

Fabio Quartararo

"I‘m happy about the front row, but to be honest, I didn‘t feel so good with the soft rear tyre in Qualifying. Normally I feel much more grip with the soft tyre than I did today. Anyway, I‘m on the front row, that was our main aim. I‘m just a little bit disappointed about Qualifying. But the pace with the medium tyre is great, we‘re pretty fast, and that‘s the most important thing for the race. I will do my best tomorrow. I think we have great potential to fight for the podium and the victory, but we‘ll approach it step by step. I feel great and our pace is good, so let‘s see."

Cal Crutchlow

"I feel good with the set-up of the bike and I'm riding in a good way, but I don't feel comfortable at the moment. The bike was shaking a lot, and we're trying to work out why. I went back to the setting I tested with many times, and that was better in the corners and on acceleration, but still on the straights it was exactly the same. We will look into that tonight. I did have a couple of good sessions. FP3 and FP4 were good. Just Qualifying was not. I made some mistakes, and on my fastest lap I got the yellow flag. That would have been a good lap, and I would have been right up there. My qualifying time was the same as the last time I rode here, so it shows I am still able to go fast, it's just that everybody else is going faster."

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

"Overall, the day was pretty productive, but we did expect more from this afternoon‘s Qualifying. I think Fabio really wanted to get pole position here, but his feeling on the bike with the soft tyre wasn‘t as good as usual. We will be investigating why this is, but the most important is maintaining and boosting the great race pace he showed today in FP4. Judging by that performance, we should be in for a nice race tomorrow. The same can be said for Cal. His results in both the FP3 and FP4 session were good. He improved in terms of race pace compared to the first day, so we will now work on making some further changes to the bike‘s setting to get him feeling as comfortable as possible for the race."