Quartararo’s title defence led to final weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia taking the world championship away from him, after the Italian completed the race ninth whereas his rival was solely fourth.
Bagnaia has received seven races in 2022 in comparison with Quartararo’s three and scored 5 poles to the Yamaha rider’s one, with the previous overturning a 91-point deficit after June’s German GP to win the title.
However Quartararo is the one Yamaha rider to have scored a podium in 2022, with the whole mixed factors haul of Franco Morbidelli, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder 186 shy of the Frenchman’s complete.
Crutchlow, having examined the Yamaha all yr earlier than racing the final six rounds with RNF, says his opinion that Quartararo is the very best on the grid is predicated on his personal experiences of the M1 and realizing that “to even assume if grabbing some factors with that bike is tough”.
“Yeah, and I’m not saying this as a result of I experience for him or something like that,” Crutchlow mentioned when requested by Autosport in Valencia if he thought Quartararo ended 2022 as the highest rider.
Cal Crutchlow, RNF MotoGP Racing
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“However I do know what he’s using, and he’s the very best rider on the grid on the minute as a result of I don’t imagine anyone else in that grid can do what he’s doing with that bike.
“That’s the easy reality. So, take nothing away from Pecco, as a result of he rode a improbable championship, he did an incredible job, so did Ducati. And he’s an incredible rider.
“I’m not saying Fabio is healthier than him.
“I believe what Fabio has carried out may be very, superb and it’s tough what he’s carried out.
“Actually, to even consider grabbing some factors with that bike is tough.
“So, to do what he has carried out is unbelievable and we have to repair it for subsequent yr.”
In an unique interview with Autosport in Valencia, Crutchlow likened Quartararo to six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, noting that each have “a particular impact” on their rivals and their groups.