Maverick unchained

First pole of the year for the Spaniard in the midst of a crisis with Yamaha and all coming from qualifying 21st for the German race. Marquez will come out twentieth.

Maverick-unchained

Maverick Viñales, the same Maverick Viñales who qualified 21st on the grid last week in Germany, where he finished last in the race, has achieved MotoGP pole position at the Dutch GP. Assen is witnessing an unchained Mack, capable of leading in the weekend's first three practice sessions and not failing in Q2. Now, yes, the most difficult thing remains for him, finishing in a race for which he starts as the main favorite to victory, although he will have competition in the figure of his teammate Fabio Quartararo.

The Frenchman has completed the double to Yamaha just 71 thousandths of a distance behind the Spanish, being the two of them the only ones who have been able to lower the previous track record (1: 32.017), to be now the new one in 1: 31.814 in the power of the Catalan of Roses. It's hard to explain the impressive week-to-week leap from # 12. The reason he gives is that now he does have grip on the tires on the resurfacing of the cathedral. And as for the tuning of his M1, on Thursday he threatened to copy Quartararo's last click, but according to what this newspaper has learned, what he has done is return to the base in Qatar, where he won the first race of the season. And some positive effect will also have had the recovery for this appointment of his father, Ángel, who celebrated the pole as the occasion deserved. This pole will surely serve to reduce tension with Yamaha, a brand with which he is in the midst of a crisis, tired of not being given answers when he asks why the grip on his motorcycle suddenly disappears.The first row will be closed by Bagnaia, who entered Q2 from Q1, where he finished behind a Zarco who later qualified fifth, also surpassed by Nakagami. Close that second Oliveira line. The third was for Rins, who fell at the end without consequences, Miller and Aleix. And the fourth, for Mir, Pol and Rossi.

Marquez did not enter the final session, signing the worst qualification in memory. Forced to go through Q1, at no time was he in a position to fight for the first two places that give access to Q2 and finished in a poor tenth place that places him twentieth, penultimate, on the starting grid. In addition, he suffered a fall at the end of the repechage, when he was following the wheel of a Lecuona that had previously taken him off of him with a forceful ax blow in a right turn. Obviously, the Repsol Honda rider is not feeling well and has returned to the reality he was saying on Thursday after his illustrious victory in Germany. Yesterday's hard fall has not helped anything and, beyond the limp it has left, the lack of confidence generated by the Honda is even worse due to the electronics failure when opening gas.

Nor did they go to Q2 and Lecuona 13º, Martín 14º and Álex Márquez 20º will be delayed.



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