Yamaha slams Marquez’s “unfair” MotoGP qualifying tactic

Yamaha MotoGP boss Massimo Meregalli has criticized Marc Marquez’s tactics against Maverick Vinales in the Italian Grand Prix as “not fair” and is hoping for an intervention in the direction of the race.

The Honda rider followed Vinales out of the pit lane in both races in the first 15-minute shootout session in Mugello on Saturday afternoon.

Vinales was visibly angry about this, and the Yamaha rider even broke off an overlap to come through the pit lane again and shake Marquez – just so the Honda man could follow him.

It took Vinales one lap to get into the second quarter and had no choice but to slide behind with Marquez. The Honda rider was able to overtake the first quarter and follow the Yamaha.

Vinales wanted to come to him in the second session, but made a mistake in the last corner of his last lap and instead has to start 13th.

When asked what happened in the first quarter after Fabio Quartararo’s GP pole lap in Italy, Meregalli told motogp.com: “On the other side of the garage, unfortunately, it looks like Marc Marquez is getting better and better because he is behaves as he used to do.

“And I really did something that he shouldn’t be doing. I don’t want to end what I really want to say.

“I hope that maybe Race Direction will decide something because their behavior was not fair to me.”

Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing

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This isn’t the first time this season Marquez has stopped criticizing a rider for using a similar tactic. Joan Mir calls this “dangerous” on the Portugal weekend.

Meregalli commented on Quartararo’s fourth pole in a row and emphasized the importance of the front row, now Yamaha has a front holeshot device but is expecting a “really difficult” race.

“Fabio’s job has been great and now I think the outcome of the race will depend on several things,” he added.

“Maybe the management of the tire, the temperature, the conditions in general.

“But you know that it is very important that we start in the front row. Even with the new front start device, I think it will be another little help for us.

“Certainly we did a pretty good job this weekend on this side of the garage and on the tire deterioration.

“I think it has been improving from session to session.

“I just assume that tomorrow will be a really difficult and tough race for everyone. There will be more than one driver fighting for victory. “