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Quartararo comes into this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix trailing Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia by 14 factors and should not cede any greater than 10 if he’s to maintain his fading title hopes alive.
The Yamaha rider has endured a torrid second half of the season, failing to attain thrice within the final 4 races – together with final weekend in Australia, when he crashed out attempting to get well from an early mistake.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez heaped reward on the job Quartararo has accomplished this season and expects him “to react” to his present scenario at Sepang.
However he admits the constraints of the Yamaha will make it “tough” for Quartararo to go up towards the Ducati at this important juncture of the championship.
“I believe he [Bagnaia] has an enormous probability right here to do it, however I’ll say it’s the final probability right here for Fabio,” Marquez mentioned.
“So, he must react and as a champion he’ll react I anticipate.
“Will probably be good to see how they push all weekend, particularly Fabio as a result of as he did in Australia he took a danger.
“However now he has to take the actual danger right here if he desires to have some probabilities in Valencia.
“What Fabio did was wonderful. He has a aggressive bike, however for the follow. To combat within the race with out [sufficient] engine [power] is tougher.
“As he did within the first a part of the season, when he leads a race, he’ll go away.
“If he doesn’t lead a race and you’re in the course of the group, particularly with Ducatis, you’re caught there and you can’t do something as a result of they’ve good riders, plus good brake factors and good acceleration.
“So, it will likely be tough, but when he might do it within the first half of the season, he can do it within the final two races.
“So, let’s see. However in fact, Pecco did a tremendous second half of the season too, so that they each deserve it.”
Quartararo mentioned on Thursday in Malaysia that he has “nothing to lose” and can strategy the grand prix extra aggressively to maintain his title hopes alive.
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