The Yamaha rider was anticipated to struggle for victory on Sunday at Le Mans having proven the strongest race tempo all weekend all through the follow classes.
However he obtained a poor launch from fourth on the grid and struggled to overhaul, dropping to eighth at one level and ultimately recovered to sixth – before several crashes ahead of him gifted him fourth.
Although he stays within the lead of the championship by 4 factors from Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, Quartararo says the very fact he can not make any errors on the 2022 Yamaha means he can’t be thought of a favorite for the title.
“No, I’m not the favorite by far,” he stated when requested if he thought he was nonetheless the main title contender.
“The one factor I can do is make no errors. If I make no errors I might be there, as a result of our tempo in each GP we go – aside from a couple of like Austin and Qatar – trying on the tempo of Jerez, with Pecco [Bagnaia] we had been the quickest.
“Right here within the tempo, for me I used to be the quickest. However as quickly as you make a small mistake, you’re gone.
“I bear in mind one race final 12 months when Pecco began one race in Portimao in P11, he was in a position to make overtakes.
“Within the second race I used to be in the identical state of affairs in P6, and I stayed in P6. I don’t know what I can do, to be trustworthy, as a result of I’m pushing myself to the restrict.
“I’m on the restrict in all places. However I can not even attempt.
“That is probably the most irritating factor. You’re within the final lap, and even if you’re one centimetre behind they speed up and draw back.
“And you then lose one tenth. That is why I don’t really feel the favorite this 12 months.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Quartararo added that fourth at Le Mans was not his “actual” place and felt fortunate to have seen each Suzuki riders and long-time chief Bagnaia crash out of robust outcomes.
“I don’t really feel completely satisfied about my race in any respect,” he added.
“I had three crashes in entrance of me, I can’t be completely satisfied concerning the race as a result of my actual place is just not fourth – it’s a lot additional again.
“And it’s not due to the tempo, as a result of in case you test in the entire practices we had the most effective tempo.
“However then you’re ready the place you don’t have a transparent monitor or you aren’t in a position to overtake, then it’s completed.
“And that is why I used to be not even indignant as a result of I’ve obtained just a little bit used already about that.
“What is bound, I give all the time 100%, however I gave all the things as we speak and I had one second the place I virtually misplaced the entrance on the final nook, Aleix took a half-second hole and in 5 corners I used to be already behind. So, by way of velocity I used to be quick.”