Imperial during the Catalunya Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo did not give up when he returned to the Montmèlo track on Monday for a test day. The Frenchman didn’t have much to assess, but he made it a point of honor to leave the site undefeated with a Yamaha whose priorities to honor he authoritatively recalled… Meanwhile, Aprilia and Ducati put on the grill a new fairing which could be homologated at Silverstone for the last part of the season…
Fabio Quartararo is more than ever the boss of MotoGP. He took 45 points in the last two Grands Prix which offered 50, and after his victory on Sunday in Cataloniahe has a lead of 22 units in the provisional general classification over his nearest pursuer, Aleix Espargaro on theAprilia. During this ninth round of the championship, the Frenchman also extended his two-year lease with Yamaha where he is also the leader. The reigning World Champion is at the top of the MotoGP food chain and, as such, he reminds the engineers at Iwata of their roadmap for 2023…
” I tried two different settings, I tested the Michelin tires, I did comparative tests between the two swingarms we have. As for the fairing used by Morbidelli, on my side of the garage we decided to abandon it at Mugello: it was made to have more speed, but in a straight line it hardly wins while it loses it elsewhere “.
Fabio Quartararo: you need power to overcome”
And he insists: we keep pushing for more power : it can change your performance. If you do everything perfectly, you can win, but if you are struggling, for example in qualifying and you start behind, you need power to defeat the one in front. Look at what Bagnaia did last year at Portimao: he was 11th, he moved up to second. At Portimao2 2021 I was shooting behind and I couldn’t recover. That’s why we need more power “.
During this test, Morbidelli and Oliveira fell, without gravity while the points of interest were located at Ducati and Aprilia with new fairings. Luca Marini liked this development on his GP22 to the point of claiming it for the next Grand Prix in Germany, which will not happen. On the RS-GP side, Maverick Vinales who was the only one to test the new configuration commented: “ it’s still not clear, as always when trying something new: the fairing has something positive and other negative aspects. I mainly took advantage of the tests to do set-up tests: we work well, with continuity and great serenity “.
All these beautiful people will now meet at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix in two weeks.
MotoGP Test Barcelona: lap times
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