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Top-3 for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP on Sweltering Sachsenring Friday

Top-3 for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP on Sweltering Sachsenring Friday

The two free practice sessions on the first day of the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland resulted in Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales taking second and third place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team started the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring circuit today in tropical temperatures. Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales got a good number of laps in during FP1 and continued to up their speed in FP2, finishing in second and third place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets.

Quartararo had a bit of a rugged start to the German GP. He had a crash ten minutes into FP1 in Turn 12, but he was still able to find a good pace in the first session of the Sachsenring round. Once back aboard his YZR-M1 he had no problem clocking a 1‘21.828s on lap 13/20 to secure second position, 0.168s off the best time.

The Frenchman was eager to show the same strong pace in the afternoon. He spent the majority of the available time preparing for Sunday's race before kicking up the pace another notch in the mini time attack at the end of FP2. On his final run, he set a 1‘20.910s on his penultimate lap to take second place in the FP2 and the combined timesheets, 0.220s from the top.

Following the positive Catalan Test, Viñales was motivated to find a competitive setting on German soil in the morning session and soon positioned himself inside the top 5. He kept working on the balance of his bike and showed the progress he had made when setting a 1‘22.253s on lap 14/25. He ended the session in tenth place, 0.593s from first.

Top Gun continued building positive feelings at the Sachsenring in FP2. He focused on fine-tuning his bike‘s settings, knowing full well that the pace would quicken in the final stages of the session. During his usual mini time-attack, the Yamaha man showed confidence, setting a 1‘21.023s. He ended the day in third place, 0.333s from the front, both in the FP2 and the overall Friday Sachsenring results.

Fabio Quartararo

"I didn‘t feel great with the front tyre this morning and we saw that quite clearly. I crashed straight away. But anyway, I feel good and I‘m on the pace. We had more than 30 laps in total on the tyre in FP2, so that was mentally challenging. I was counting to myself, ‘17, 18, 19‘. I thought, ’Okay, I know that I have old tyres.‘ The time attack after that was a little strange, because you switch from a medium with 30 laps to a brand new soft. That‘s totally different. I didn‘t use all the potential of the soft, but in general I feel happy. I don‘t feel as good with the bike as I usually do, but we are working on it for tomorrow. I would really like to get pole, but first I need to stay calm and work on the pace. Then qualifying for me is like a game. It‘s an important part to prepare for the race, but the most important part for me is to have fun in tomorrow‘s Q2."

Maverick Viñales

"It‘s been a positive Friday. I‘m happy because the work done in Montmeló is now paying off. I have such a good feeling with the front, which was something that we were looking for. Normally we struggle a bit in this area, and then I lose confidence. With Silvano we worked a lot with the front, and it‘s starting to get much better. But, you know, when you focus a lot on improving one specific area you can lose out a bit in another. So, right now we are trying to find a good balance on the bike and try to build it up. I think it was important to be inside the top 3 today. That‘s always nice, also for the team. We will try to keep going with a lot of motivation."

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

"We had an unexpected start to the weekend with Fabio's early crash in FP1. He crashed at the fastest part of the track, and unfortunately the bike was pretty much destroyed. Thankfully the mechanics of our team all worked together and were able to build basically a completely new bike for him between FP1 and FP2. They did a really good job. Maverick was looking to better the balance of his bike to improve the rear. Meanwhile, Fabio was focusing on preparing for the race. Over FP1 and FP2 he completed the race distance on medium-medium tyres, adjusting the settings of both the chassis and the electronics on each run. We also aim to have made a comparison between all tyre options by tomorrow. The extremely hot conditions add an extra challenge because they make tyre management more difficult. Five minutes to the end of FP2 we managed to do a time attack, with both riders finishing in the top 3. We are quite satisfied with today's results, but we also know that we have a lot of work ahead of us to be ready for Sunday."