The record will not have been enough. After starting the qualifying session for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen perfectly on Saturday, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) was overtaken at the end of the session by his great rival Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 1”1′ ‘504), who grabbed a 10th career pole position. Quartararo, leader in the championship, has only signed one this season.
However, it didn’t take long for Fabio Quartararo to get up to speed. At the end of the first lap only, the French world champion set the then still absolute track record, just before Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) stole it from him for a hundredth (1’3”708 ). Subsequently, the Yamaha rider pulled straight after losing his attention while looking at the giant screen positioned at the edge of the track. Without gravity.
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“I didn’t have any more”
After a slightly longer pit stop than his main rivals, Fabio Quartararo had to wait a bit before completing a penultimate lap that gave him second place on the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. But Pecco Bagnaia had set the fastest qualifying lap a few seconds earlier.
Unfortunately, the Frenchman’s last lap could not be completed in good conditions. “I didn’t have any more. I had an extraordinary lap, I tried until the end. But 2nd place on the grid I like it”, reacted Fabio Quartararo after his Q2 session.
For his part, Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) could not do better than a 7th position at the end of these qualifications, which therefore places him in third row. There will also be five Ducati among the first seven pilots.
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