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Quartararo’s title defence resulted in 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 whole.
Crutchlow, having examined the Yamaha all yr earlier than racing the final six rounds with RNF, says his opinion that Quartararo is one of the best on the grid relies 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 am not saying this as a result of I journey for him or something like that,” Crutchlow stated when requested by Motorsport.com 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 is using, and he’s one of the best rider on the grid on the minute as a result of I do not consider anyone else in that grid can do what he is doing with that bike.
“That is the easy truth. So, take nothing away from Pecco, as a result of he rode a implausible championship, he did an amazing job, so did Ducati. And he is an amazing rider.
“I am not saying Fabio is healthier than him. I believe what Fabio has accomplished could be very, excellent and it is tough what he is accomplished.
“Truthfully, to even consider grabbing some factors with that bike is tough. So, to do what he has accomplished is unbelievable and we have to repair it for subsequent yr.”
In an unique interview with Motorsport.com 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.