MotoGP, light and shadow at Yamaha: Quartararo shines, Vinales switches off

Yin and Yang, Zenith and Nadir, Black and White, you can continue the game of opposites to describe what is happening in the Yamaha factory team. Tomorrow Quartararo will start from second place on the Sachsenring, Vinales from the penultimate. Two conflicting results that are difficult to explain.

On the one hand Fabio, who smiles as always and knows that he has good cards. “It was a positive day – he said – in the morning I kept a good pace and in FP4 I never stopped. It was interesting to understand the behavior of the tires without stops because it is completely different from when you are in the pits and then leave. I was expecting a better feeling at the front, there is still room for improvement, but this front row is a really good result. “

Maverick, on the other hand, is almost surly in his explanations. “Today I didn’t have one anymore, the yellow flag and the fall in the morning didn’t affect me. We have to be optimistic: I can’t go back any further, so I will definitely improve. “ he was joking.

A small consolation, because while his teammate is fighting for the world championship, the Spaniard did not make it to the podium after winning the first race in Qatar. In Barcelona there was an important change in his garage: away with Garcia and in with Galbusera as crew chief.

“Esteban and I are good friends, it’s a relationship that goes beyond sport, but no one has ever said that my results were their fault, especially me” – he emphasized – Yamaha has decided to change something and we are trying to improve. If we don’t succeed here, we’ll try it in Assen. “

A very small consolation indeed when Fabio can devote himself to dealing with his rivals instead. “The first 6 drivers on the grid are very strong, certainly Marquez and Oliveira, but also Miller. It’s going to be a fun race ”.

Vinales, on the other hand, doesn’t know what to expect, and maybe he doesn’t want to. “It’s hard to understand what’s going to happen – he explained – I have no pressure, I know I have good pace and maybe I can recover in the second part of the race.”

He says nothing more, except to complain about a chronic lack of speed in the middle of the curve. Other thoughts are denied him, this time nobody pushes behind him to take advantage of the train, which Quartararo does not like.

“In my opinion, certain behaviors are a bit dangerous, that’s all I have to say about them. I don’t need to have anyone in front of me, I don’t even know if it will help. But we should be a role model for the youngest, ”he emphasized. Hoping not to be behind someone tomorrow either.