Quartararo: Yamaha 'not prepared for podium combat' on tracks like COTA - Motor Informed

Quartararo: Yamaha ‘not prepared for podium combat’ on tracks like COTA

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The Yamaha rider certified as the highest non-Ducati rider in sixth on the Circuit of Americas and displayed sturdy race tempo all through apply.

Nonetheless, Quartararo was unable to mount a problem for the rostrum and took the chequered flag in seventh after a late battle with Honda’s Marc Marquez.

The Frenchman sits fifth within the standings 17 factors adrift of Americas GP winner Enea Bastianini having to date scored only one podium in his title defence.

When requested by Motorsport.com if he’s assured the 2022 Yamaha is a motorbike he can combat for the championship with, Quartararo stated: “To be sincere, once we are on this sort of observe we aren’t able to combat for the rostrum.

“However now we’re going to Europe, higher tracks – I feel – for us and I am simply going to do my greatest to combat for the championship.

“Then, if the bike is prepared? I’ve my opinion, however I give on a regular basis my 100% – like as we speak. For sixth place or seventh, I give my 100% on a regular basis.”

Motorsport.com did press Quartararo to disclose his opinion on the Yamaha, however he replied: “I’ll hold it for myself.”

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Quartararo says he struggled early on at COTA with an absence of grip simply as he did in Argentina, although the issue wasn’t as extreme.

“I imply to start with of the race it is just a little bit similar downside as Argentina however a lot much less, that principally we missed that preliminary grip in comparison with the others,” he added.

“However I feel I managed OK, I used to be in a position to defend fairly OK and to start with it was tougher as a result of everyone seems to be extra tight and the straight is sadly we had been shedding rather a lot.

“However I feel we made a extremely good race, I loved quite a bit, we battled actually laborious even when it was for sixth place.

“I loved the battle with Marc. Simply even when we’re struggling, for me I realized extra from this sort of race than some races that I’ve received.

“Right now I realized quite a bit and I am blissful as a result of even when I’ve much less energy, I pushed myself to the restrict. So the day I’ve the facility I’ll have significantly better end result.”

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The following two races happen at Portimao and Jerez – venues Quartararo was sturdy at in 2021 – however feels the previous shall be “50/50” for Yamaha.

“I’ll say Portimao is nice, not the most effective,” he stated when requested if he thought the Portugal/Spain back-to-back could be higher for Yamaha.

“Relies upon quite a bit there. For those who begin first and make your tempo it is nice, however later within the yr final yr I used to be caught behind Ducatis and I could not overtake.

“However should you go away or are within the high three, you may handle to get a great end result. So, this [Portimao] is 50/50 and Jerez shall be a great observe for us.”



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