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Quartararo led the standings by 10 factors coming to Japan and leaves with a barely more healthy margin after a disastrous afternoon for his rivals.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was solely 16th after a mapping challenge on the warm-up lap pressured him to modify to his second bike, whereas Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia crashed on the final lap attempting to overhaul Quartararo.
Because of this, Quartararo now leads the championship by 18 factors regardless of struggling to advance on eighth within the race.
Whereas he’s pleased to have restricted the harm within the standings, Quartararo felt he may have challenged for the highest 5 had he been capable of overtake extra simply.
“With all of the circumstances and with what occurred, after all I might say it’s higher to take eight factors than lose eight factors,” Quartararo stated.
“But it surely’s good in a technique however irritating in one other approach as a result of I really feel our potential was to not battle with Jack for certain, as a result of he was on one other stage as we speak.
“However to battle with Marc [Marquez], Miguel [Oliveira was possible]. However I can’t overtake in any respect, I’m behind and we experience in a completely totally different solution to the opposite riders.
“I catch up in sector two and three, and in sector 4 and one I lose a lot.
“So, it’s irritating as a result of I may go quicker, however no.
“We did additionally a number of errors altering one factor earlier than the race – was not the tyre, however was one thing that made our tempo just a little bit slower.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Quartararo wouldn’t element what change didn’t work, however did additionally admit it was “a mistake” to not strive the laborious rear tyre at any level this weekend given it proved to be the tyre to win the race on.
The Frenchman additionally says he may hear Bagnaia crashing behind him on the final lap.
“I didn’t see him however I heard him crash,” Quartararo stated.
“So, I believe he didn’t crash so removed from me. In fact, I noticed, and I believe the best way they experience is basically quick and in addition the laborious rear was the proper tyre.
“They made a very good job, the few riders who put on this tyre, and naturally I knew he was coming.
“However I used to be struck behind Maverick [Vinales], even when Maverick had an incredible tempo. However I used to be caught behind and I couldn’t overtake. So, that was the tough half.”