When Fabio Quartararo lamented the lack of performance gains on his Yamaha during pre-season testing, he did not fail to point out that his bike was very complete and able to shine on many circuits. Very quickly, the Frenchman showed his desire to score as many points as possible in difficult races, which he found difficult before his title in 2021, and to play for victory when his M1 allowed him.
As mid-season approaches, Quartararo has his nails nailed: he’s the only rider on the grid to have seen the finish of all races in the top 10, even remaining in the top four for five consecutive finishes, including two wins. This regularity gives him a clear lead in the championship: Aleix Espargaró is relegated to 22 points and Enea Bastianini to 53, more than the value of two wins.
Aware that it will be difficult to maintain his current form in each round of the program, Quartararo can still count on a higher level of confidence than during his winning campaign last season.
“Of course it won’t be easy to switch between first and second place because I have big competitors.”moderated the world champion after his win at the Catalan Grand Prix, but was pleased with his consistency at the top: “The best thing is to try to be more consistent. Of course I’m struggling because I feel at the limit all the time, but I feel great on the bike. It’s similar to last year: I’m riding my best and I’m me I’m more confident than last season, I feel like I’m improving every time I get on the bike.”
Fabio Quartararo flew over the Catalan Grand Prix
“Every weekend I feel like I’m riding my bike better and I understand better how to be fast and consistent.”he said on the championship’s official website. “As a driver, I feel that I am developing enormously.”
Quartararo “suffers” from this level
Fabio Quartararo now accepts his fate and adjusts his goals with each event. When stuck in the peloton, as at the American GP, the Yamaha rider knows his machine is struggling too hard on a straight line to stage a comeback and believes in it “Some races will depend heavily on the first lap.”
However, in some configurations the disadvantage is less pronounced: “The Mugello and [Barcelone] were two difficult tracks, mainly because of the straight line, but I knew that if we had a good cornering bike we would be super fast.
“I couldn’t win at Mugello”, he added. “I felt like I was a bit quicker but in acceleration and top speed you lost a lot. [À Barcelone]I was expecting it to get worse at top speed, but on the descent I didn’t find the bike bad. In Mugello, on the climb, the bike revved low and [à Montmeló]it was much better on the descent.”
The record of the last two races is therefore excellent, with 45 points out of a possible 50 on tracks that could have been a problem for the Yamaha. “We have worked very well, life is good, but we suffer to be here”Quartararo assured Canal + that he was the only representative of the manufacturer in the points in Mugello and in the top 10 in Barcelona.
The prospects before the summer break are still very positive, as the routes visited should show the strengths of his machine over the next two weekends. Finishing third at the Sachsenring last year and winning at Assen, the Niçois is planning this double clash with composure.
“I know I have to prepare really well for Germany and Assen, these are two tracks that can work very well for us. The Sachsenring a little less, but we are ready to fight and I think my goal is very clear , it’s up for grabs.” .”
With Charlotte Guerdoux
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