Fabio Quartararo disappointed after the Valencia test. The Yamaha M1 engine seems to have taken a step back from previous tests.
Fabio Quartararo he had to dispose of the disappointment for not reconfirming as world champion, waiting for the Irta test in Valencia to give him good reasons to go to the winter break with smiles and hopes. Instead, at the end of official practice Tuesday, in which he completed 92 laps aboard the Yamaha M1did not fail to address new criticisms to the engineers of the Iwata company.
The engine is once again at the center of the question. In September, after the Misano test, he had expressed a favorable opinion on the work done in terms of top speed. In Valencia the technicians brought a new evolution, but the top speed was the same as that recorded in Sunday’s race and the gap from Ducati continues to settle at 10 km / h. Almost the new engine had lost performance since the last time the test driver Cal Crutchlow tried it in Jerez last week.
Quartararo disappointed after the Valencia test
Seven bikes available to Quartararo and Morbidelli in Valencia test, only one engine available. “In reality this engine had to be a bit faster than the one we tested at Misano and Barcelona… But right now there is no difference. So we have to carefully analyze what happened“, Continued the driver from Nice. “There must definitely be a problem, we didn’t have the extra power we expected“.
‘El Diablo’ he goes on vacation with some doubts too many, waiting for the next outing in February on the Sepang circuit. It will be only on that occasion that we will understand how many steps forward the four-cylinder in-line on which Luca Marmorini and the other Iwata engineers are working have really made. “It’s not the way I wanted to end the year, something went wrong“, Continued the outgoing champion of the premier class.
Nor have great strides come from the chassis and aerodynamic package, clearly inspired by the Ducati, especially in the posterior codon. “We tested a lot of things in the aerodynamic package, I also tried a frame. So the test wasn’t a waste of time. But the feeling I have is strange. At Misano the engine had something special and I didn’t hear it today“.