Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo was pushed wide in the first corner of the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sprint, causing him to lose ground, but the number-20 rider is persistent and finished in P13. Franco Morbidelli‘s good start led to him following his teammate for most of the 15-lap dash. He found himself in 15th place at the chequered flag.
Quartararo started from P12 but was pushed wide in the first corner. The incident caused him to lose positions and end the first lap in 15th place. On the next lap, he overtook teammate Morbidelli but lost a spot to Augusto Fernandez. He retaliated on lap 4, keen to get a move on.
The gap to the group of riders ahead of him was over a second, but El Diablo was on the case. Bringing his teammate with him, he gradually approached the battle for eighth place. By lap 12, Maverick Viñales crashed out, moving the Yamaha rider up to 13th as he lined up behind Fabio Di Giannantonio. There were a little over three laps to go, but Quartararo couldn‘t find a way through at the narrow Sachsenring. He finished in 13th place, 11.366s from first.
Morbidelli had a good start from P17 and made up three positions on his opening lap. However, he then got into a battle with Augusto Fernandez and Quartararo and was relegated to sixteenth. The Italian followed his teammate past the KTM rider on lap 5, and together they carried on their challenge.
The number-21 rider was trying to stay with Quartararo, but towards the end of the Sprint a gap started to form between the two and soon Morbido had to focus on Augusto Fernandez, who had a second wind. Unable to defend his position, Morbidelli ended the Sprint in 16th place, 12.905s from P1.
Today‘s results put Quartararo in 9th in the overall standings with 54 points, while Morbidelli stays in 12th place with 46 points. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team remain 6th in the team championship with 100 points, and Yamaha are 5th in the constructor‘s championship with 64 points.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammates will be back in action tomorrow for Warm Up at 09:45 local track time (GMT +2) and the Race at 14:00.