The reigning French world champion (Yamaha) ceded the pole to the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati). The Grand Prix will be held tomorrow, Sunday, June 26, from 2 p.m.
Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) will start on Sunday 26 June in the pole position of the Dutch Grand Prix ahead of the leader of the MotoGP World Championship, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), after qualifying in Assen.
Bathed in hope? Or Quartararo to fly? The Italian and the Frenchman will start again skin to skin, accompanied by the Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac) in the front row, at the start of the 11th day (of 20) of this season on Sunday 26 June at 2 p.m.
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Last week, in the same configuration, Bagnaia sank. He had left the lead to the Frenchman and then fell on the eighth lap. Without wanting the fall of the Italian, “Quarta” will want to make the same move as in Germany, to get a third consecutive victory. In “one of the most legendary circuits on the calendar”, where he won last year, Quartararo can expect to make the championship even more comfortable: he has 34 points more than Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and 61 over Johann Zarco Ducati-Pramac ). These two coming out 5th and 7th, their rival should be, however, the Bagnaia.
Fourth pole in six races
“Pecco was amazing as usual in the standings,” Quartararo applauded. “I did my best so I’m happy, our pace is good for tomorrow,” he continued Sunday. Obviously vindictive, the Turinese recalled that in one lap he was often the fastest. With the new record as a bonus, he got his fourth pole in the last six Grands Prix.
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But while the classification reigns, the world runner-up does not become a race. You no longer have the right to make mistakes if you want to preserve title opportunities. Despite his two victories in May (Spain and Italy), “Pecco” Bagnaia is only 6th in the championship, already 91 points behind Frenchman Quartararo, the same one who beat him last year. The duel they fought in 2021 could resurface in the second half of the season.
Maybe as early as Sunday, at Assen’s “Cathedral of Speed,” before hanging up your skin during the five-week summer vacation. As long as Bagnaia does not fall back into his shortcomings.
In ten races, he had to retire four times. By contrast, Quartararo is the only driver to have entered the top 10 in all races. A regularity that pays off: Quartararo is, despite a difficult start to the season, with the same total of mid-season points (172) as in 2021. Bagnaia, is behind at this crossroads. Espargaro, the other driver who has added points in each race, will continue to fight for the podium from the second row. Behind him, he is open, as is often the case in MotoGP, and the other Frenchman Zarco, 7th on the grid, hopes to continue his rise to power. Fifth in France, fourth in Italy, third in Spain, second in Germany …
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First in the Netherlands? To achieve this logical continuation and get his first victory in the queen category, the caneso expects something on Sunday: the return of the rain, which on Friday had soaked the track.