This Thursday, August 18, 2022, Fabio Quartararo answered questions from journalists from the Red Bull Ring circuit ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.
The reigning MotoGP Champion and current leader of the standings was the big favorite for the title before the summer break but must now resist the comeback.Alex Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia on circuits not conducive to the Yamaha…
As usualwe report here the words of Fabio Quartararo without any formatting, even if it is partially translated (using you in English, you in French).
First of all, what influence do you think the new chicane will have?
Fabio Quartararo “I haven’t seen the chicane in real life yet, but for sure I think for our bike it won’t be a bad thing to cut the speed a bit compared to the other bikes. I think if you don’t lose the front when you come in on the right, it will be much better for safety, and I think it will be better for the performance of our bike. »
This track is not particularly known to be favorable to Yamahas but you have already finished third there. How are you tackling this challenge this year?
“I feel pretty good here, especially in the second race of last year: we finished seventh but until it rained we fought hard for the podium and the win. So we have the speed, but we just know what is critical for us during the race. But I feel that in terms of pace, it’s not really a bad track for us, but to overtake and all those things, it makes the job a bit more difficult for us. But I wouldn’t really say it’s a bad track for us, and with the chicane I think it will be a bit better. »
At Silverstone you said no one could really understand how hard you had to push the bike this year. Do you think something will happen this year to help you out a bit?
“Of course, I’m pushing Yamaha a lot to bring something, but there’s really nothing more. But of course I’m learning a lot as a driver and I think I’ve improved since the beginning of the year until now. I think I have taken a big step forward and I hope to be able to take another one by the end of the championship. »
Marc Márquez has just said that one of the things he wants to change is the way the Honda team works to be maybe a little more European. Do you think Yamaha should do the same?
“I think so, because I think we are playing way too far from the rules and I think we are a bit too cautious. So I think we have to play a little bit sometimes. For next year’s bike, I think that’s already changing a bit, just as a new engineer is coming to Yamaha, so I think that’s changing a bit, but maybe still a bit too slowly. But at least I see him taking on a bit of the European mentality, especially the Italian one (laughs). I think that’s the way to really try a lot of things. Maybe sometimes they think it’s not useful but we have to try whatever they have in mind to give it a chance. »
The two drivers with whom you have been beaten the most in recent years are undoubtedly Marc Márquez and Francesco Bagnaia. Can you describe them to us in those moments?
“(Laughs) it’s hard! So far, I haven’t really won one of the two real fights I’ve had with Marc, in Misano and in Thailand. And when you do the whole race right in front of him and you see it’s him on the bike, it’s kind of tough. And with Pecco, we never really had a fight for a race. We had a long fight for the championship and of course he is very strong. In this room and in the championship there are the best drivers in the world, so it is difficult to finish ahead of any driver here. »
You are friends with Aleix Espargaro and you are fighting with him for the title: will these good relations last throughout the championship?
“I don’t think there’s any reason for that to change. Maybe outside the races we’ll organize a fight (laughs), but when we race there’s a lot of respect: he wants to win, I want to win, everyone here wants to win, so I think it doesn’t changes nothing but we all have a clear objective which is to win. Victory is the most important, but our relationships outside the competition remain the same and that will not change. »