These are not easy days of the second Austrian weekend at home Yamaha. Inevitably, the Vinales issue is the main concern, with the Spaniard apologizing to the team and waiting to see if he will be reinstated within the team or not. In the meantime, however, there is the track, with qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix that returned a splendid one Fabio Quartararo. The French driver, currently leader of the championship, was close to an incredible pole position and was beaten by just 34 thousandths by last Sunday’s winner, Jorge Martin. A result that takes on even more value considering how much the Red Bull Ring track is more suited to the Italian bike rather than the Iwata M1.
Quartararo’s Saturday, however, was also conditioned by behavior of the Espargarò brothers, who have baptized the Nice as a ‘train’ just to try to make their time. An attitude borrowed from Moto3 and now more and more frequent also in the premier class, which angered the leader not a little. The Yamaha team manager also came to support him, ‘Maio’ Meregalli, who spoke rather harsh words against those pilots who have the habit of exploiting the wake of others to make their time trial. “It’s a shame that Fabio wasn’t able to do a fast lap in his second attempt due to the Espargaró brothers “ thundered the Italian executive.
“They were following him and waiting for a tow. This is a absurd behavior by professional drivers who should be able to do a fast lap on their own – added Meregalli again – Fabio handled the situation well, remaining calm and waiting. But it is understandably frustrating for him and our team that these actions by these two drivers ultimately cost Fabio a chance to defend pole position and made him finish second without being able to fight. The team is tired of seeing such behavior in the MotoGP class, which should be an example for young riders “ the head of the Iwata house pointed out again.