Maverick Vinales set the fastest time to take the top spot in this morning’s first practice session of the Dutch GP proceedings.
Maverick Vinales got his and Yamaha’s weekend off to the optimum start by going fastest in FP1. The Yamaha rider instantly looked at ease at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’.
Fabio Quartararo backed Vinales’ performance up by going fourth fastest, suggesting that Yamaha could be the team to beat this weekend.
Pol Espargaro shadowed Vinales by going just a tenth slower than the Yamaha bike. The Honda rider seemed comfortable on his bike, which slightly differed from his teammate Marc Marquez.
However, the Sachsenring king had a new chassis underneath him, and it looks as if it will take time for him to master. As for Espargaro, setting the fastest final sector time could bode well for the Japanese team as the weekend continues.
Ultimately, the first session belonged to Vinales. After a disastrous race in Germany, the Spaniard vowed to come back stronger.
After using teammate Quartararo’s base setup in FP1, Vinales seems to be on the right track. Although it is only one session, and the Honda riders with their new chassis’, as well as a strong challenge from both works and customer Ducati bikes, sets up this weekend to be a competitive one.