Maverick Vinales News
After the Dutch GP at the end of June, it was announced that Maverick Vinales, who has already signed to ride for Aprilia next season, would cut short his contract and leave at the end of the season.
On the fastest track in MotoGP, championship leader Fabio Quartararo seemed to have sealed pole position when he smashed the record set last week by fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco last weekend ahead of the Styria Grand Prix.
Quartararo, 22, in just his third term at the top table of racing extended his advantage to 34 points ahead of second-placed Johann Zarco, who had to contend with a fourth place in the Netherlands.
MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales claims pole position at Dutch MotoGP, Marc Marquez to begin in 20th position
Vinales' French teammate and championship leader Fabio Quartararo was second, at 0.071sec, with Ducati's Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia in third (+0.302).
MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales sets quickest time in third practice ahead of Dutch MotoGP qualifying
The Spaniard had been fastest in both of Friday's sessions and went on to clock a leading 1min 32.336 sec in the third run-out in dry conditions.
MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales sets fastest time in Dutch MotoGP first practice as Marc Marquez crashes
Spaniard Vinales was fastest in both sessions, recording 1min 33.072sec in the dry morning conditions and then 1:33.241 on a rainy afternoon.
With intermittent rain making life difficult at the Bugatti circuit Quartararo topped the timesheets from his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales with Ducati's Jack Miller completing the front row.
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The Spaniard fared marginally less well in the second session but still produced the sixth fastest time overall to round off an exciting return, 271 days after his crash at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Spanish rookie Jorge Martin, the teammate of Zarco, was third after starting the race on pole position.
Francesco Bagnaia on another Ducati came third on his first ride in the factory team after starting on pole, beating reigning champion Joan Mir of Suzuki back into fourth in the final moments of the race
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Another Yamaha rider, Spaniard Maverick Vinales completed the front row after nudging out Italian veteran Valentino Rossi of Yamaha satellite team SRT, late in the session.
Manufacturers Honda, Ducati and KTM have also signed on with Moto GP until 2026.
Oliveira followed up his maiden victory in Styria in August by taking the title at Portimao in what was his first race in the premier class in his home country.
Valentino Rossi will be bringing the curtain down on his 15-year factory Yamaha MotoGP career in the final race of the season in Portugal on Sunday.
Pole-sitter Franco Morbidelli won the race for this third victory of the season, but it was not enough to keep Mir from securing the title with one race to go
Championship leader Joan Mir, who like Espargaro has never won in the premier division, will start from the second row.
Seven-time world MotoGP champion Rossi made his comeback for Yamaha having missed back-to-back races at MotorLand Aragon last month after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Morbidelli crossed the finish line more than two seconds ahead of Álex Rins, with Joan Mir coming in third place after starting 12th.
Alex Rins sliced through the field after starting 10th on the grid. He became the 8th winner in this season's ten races after the vacuum created by the early season injury to reigning champion Marc Marquez.
Flung over his twisting machine MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo hit the track hard, sliding tens of metres before finally coming to a rest in the safety gravel.