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The alarming statistics that reveal a huge gap between quartars …

To say that Fabio Quartararo was a strong anchor for Yamaha in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship is hard to overestimate.

Not only did the Frenchman loosen up in his role as a Yamaha factory rider this year, but has really made a name for himself with a series of appearances that allayed any fears that his crisis of confidence could last into 2021 towards the end of 2020.

His efforts were crucial in covering up a veritable crisis at Yamaha in 2021. Actually take him out of the equation and it was an otherwise disastrous campaign for the Iwata company.

Quartararo was the best Yamaha finisher in 12 of the 15 races, winning five of them, although really only one of them – Vinales’ victory in lap 1 in Qatar – counts on pure performance as the other two appeared when the Frenchman suffered from an arm pump Jerez, who dropped him out of the lead and to 13, plus Catalunya when he was downgraded to sixth place behind his teammate on penalties.

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Forget about Quartararo for a moment and the other highlights from Yamaha are worryingly sparse. A win plus another podium for Vinales, along with a single podium for a disabled Morbidelli are the only obvious headlines. Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi is the last of the full-time drivers in the overall standings for his swan campaign …

Seeing just a single Yamaha in Q2 is now a regularity, and while Yamaha’s seismic driver rotation has been an obvious justification since the end of the summer break, it’s really alarming to hold on to in the last six Grands Prix only 15 points were collected between three M1s. To put in context Quartararo alone has 98. achieved.

Remarkably, Yamaha is still fighting for the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ because of Quartararo alone.

With three laps left, Quartararo comes with a clear “match point” to the upcoming MotoGP in Emilia Romagna, provided he does not allow Pecco Bagnaia to reduce their current lead from 52 points to less than 51 points.

Despite the gap between Quartararo and Bagnaia, Ducati is ahead in the team and manufacturers’ championship and has a two and ten point lead over Yamaha Factory Racing as it is.

The momentum is with Ducati’s relative embarrassment when it comes to quality performers. In addition to Bagnaia and Miller on the factory bikes, Ducati can also rely on Pramac Racing’s race winner Jorge Martin and podium winner Johann Zarco.

In contrast, Pramac Racing ranks fourth overall in the team standings, while the Yamaha Petronas SRT satellite attempt ranks first Bottom of the 11 teams with just a single podium 2021 after winning six races in 2020.

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This is of course due to the Yamaha rider carousel – seven different riders in three seats – during the middle of the year, but it is not solely responsible.

Rossi’s form is a blatant subject, while the Vinales affair was preceded by wildly sporadic outbursts and break-ins. Meanwhile, Morbidelli became cumbersome and injured with the 2019 spec M1, but his switch to the factory M1 on his return was rather disappointing.

Then there’s Cal Crutchlow’s unexpected calling, switching between two teams, the constant opening laps of Andrea Dovizioso’s MotoGP comeback, as well as the obvious limitations of throwing debutants Garrett Gerloff and Jake Dixon into the deep end.

The fact that Yamaha continues to chase the team and manufacturers’ standings is testament to the efforts of Quartararo, who not only kept Yamaha at the top in battle but also kept it from falling all the way down.

Perhaps it is no wonder that Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis does not rate Yamaha’s chances of winning the Triple Crown highly, a particularly annoying incident given that victory in 2020 was prevented due to a penalized error in engine modification.

“We lost the constructors’ championship last year because we made a mistake with the engines,” Jarvis told Speedweek. “This year we have the chance for the ‘Triple Crown’, but that’s very difficult to be honest. Look at Ducati: you have Miller and Bagnaia.

“That’s why it’s going to be difficult for us in the Team World Cup. As for the manufacturer’s title, it all depends on Fabio. Only at the first Grand Prix in Qatar was he not the best Yamaha rider because Maverick won there.

“We lost a lot of races in the Maverick Viñales affair. We lost the Sachsenring Grand Prix because Maverick had a very bad result there. Then, with what happened, we lost the Styrian Grand Prix and that’s why it was banned from the Austrian Grand Prix. Then came the split and there was Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone and Aragón as a substitute driver in the works team… ”.

“We lost four or more races and with it a lot of valuable points for the brand and the team championship. Fabio’s new teammates have not yet collected any points. Of course, a substitute driver is never as competitive as a regular driver, because the quality of the drivers on the grid is extremely high today. “

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UPDATED: Beaubier, Roberts Get Started At Grand Prix Of Italy In Misano

Cameron Beaubier ended up 21st on the opening day of practice at Misano.

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MotoAmericans Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts braved wet conditions today at the Misano Circuit in Italy to complete the opening day of Moto2 practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Italy in 21st and 29th, respectively.

Roberts was the faster of the two in FP1 with his 1:49.098 putting him eighth with Beaubier putting in a best of 1:49.407 to end the first session in 11th.

In the second FP2 session, the lap times dropped in improved conditions and American Racing’s Beaubier led the pairing with his 1:43.940 slotting him into 21st overall. Roberts, meanwhile, ended the day 29th overall on the Italtrans Racing entry with a best of 1:44.861. A crash ended his session early.

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Elf Marc VDS Racing’s Adrian Fernandez led the day with his 1:40.930 in FP2 besting World Championship points leader Remy Gardner and his Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex by just .076 of a second.

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Vinales beats Miller to pole position

Vinales admitted after Friday that he was “lost” with the set-up of his YZR-M1, as the grip problems that had stained his GP from the Czech Republic had spread.

But the Spaniard was in good shape on Saturday, came straight into Q2 in FP3 and took his first pole position since Phillip Island last year.

Vinales set the early pace in the second quarter with 1: 23.892 minutes and fought a battle for top-class sport with Fabio Quartararo from Petronas Yamaha.

The championship leader was ahead with 1: 23.787 minutes, while Vinales hit back with 1: 23.716 minutes.

However, this attempt was canceled due to a violation of the track restrictions, which caused him to drop to third place and Quartararo climbed back to the provisional pole.

Vinales wiped this away and established himself at the top of the timesheet with 1: 23.694 minutes nine minutes before the end.

In the closing stages, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who will be leaving the team at the end of 2020, threatened himself for pole position.

Vinales was able to work out a slight advantage with 1: 23.643 minutes before Dovizioso exceeded it with 1: 23.656 minutes.

One last attempt for Vinales put him in 1: 23.450 minutes, which – despite Pramacs Miller’s best efforts – was good enough for pole.

Quartararo was 0.019 seconds behind Miller, with Dovizioso being relegated to the top of the second row by KTM, ahead of Pol Espargaro, who had only one bike left for Q2 after a quick fall on the Rindt corner at Turn 9 in FP4.

Joan Mir completed the second row on the Suzuki while Franco Morbidelli led the third row on his Petronas Yamaha ahead of Rins on the sister Suzuki and Q1 pacesetter Johann Zarco (Avintia).

Takaaki Nakagami is top Honda runner on the grid in 10th place on his LCR RC213V, while Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira and Q1 graduate Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) complete the top 12.

Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci only missed a spot in Q2 by 0.024 seconds and was furious at the end of the session with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, gave him the middle finger in the pit lane at the end of the session and hit the wall in his Ducati garage.

Espargaro – who had crashed in FP4 – had withdrawn late in the session on the Rindt curve and got in Petrucci’s way.

The Aprilia driver finished 14th, Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda in 15th place ahead of Tech 3 rookie Iker Lecuona, who defeated Brno race winner Brad Binder in qualifying.

The returning Michele Pirro on Francesco Bagnaia’s Pramac Ducati completed the field of 22 drivers.

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