Jean-Eric Vergne pleasantly surprised with 7th

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Jean-Eric Vergne is pleased to have qualified an excellent 7th for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix, yet he has revealed that he feared not even making it through Q1 at one stage.

“It was not an easy session and at one point I thought I wouldn’t even make it out of Q1,” Vergne explained in a team statement. “But we managed to improve a couple of things on the car and that helped.”

Despite normally liking wet conditions, Vergne admitted that he struggled in qualifying.

“Generally, I feel comfortable in the wet, but that wasn’t the case today. The car wasn’t exceptional, but we got the most out of it I think. It was tough driving out there, but in the end it worked as is clear from the fact I got seventh place on the grid.”

He was also quick not to get ahead of himself, acknowledging that qualifying would mean very little without performing in the race on Sunday.

“It’s my best ever F1 qualifying, but I’m not going to be jumping for joy over a seventh place, as there are no points given out on Saturday. We still have the main part of the job to do tomorrow, when I will be trying to at the very least maintain this position and even do better.”

Toro Rosso will be keen on continuing their good start to the season, and with Daniel Ricciardo also making the top ten, the team is well-poised to claim a sizeable points haul from their visit to North America.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.