Fabio Quartararo admits the mistakes he made in 2022, but has a clear goal for the next championship: to return to being world champion.
It hasn’t been an easy winter for Fabio Quartararo, due to a wrist injury that forced him to limit his workouts. But at the starting line of the new MotoGP championship he will be in perfect shape to aim again for the world title, which slipped from his hands in the last round in Valencia. At the Yamaha team launch in Jakarta, the French rider formulated a clear goal for the 2023 season.
After removing the veils from the new ones Yamaha M1he summarized: “I’ll be brief, I want to go back to fighting for the World Cup. I believe in my team and in Yamaha and I want to take the title back to the factory“. In 2022 the assault on the second title failed, Pecco Bagnaia’s Ducati prevailed, capable of recovering 91 points in the second part of the championship. “We made some mistakes… but we learned so much from last year. I think this can help us if we try to be ahead again this year. I think I’m ready: Yamaha and the team have worked very hard“.
Quartararo is soon back on the bike
There Iwata house has focused particular attention on the four-cylinder in-line engine to be able to deliver more power and acceleration. On the straights, the M1 suffered too much from the gap from the other manufacturers, recovering positions in the race was too complicated, especially if you consider that there were as many as eight on the grid Ducati Desmosedici GP. “I’m very curious to test the new M1 at Sepang“, when the first preseason test of 2023 will be held from February 10 to 12.
In March, the championship kicks off with an unprecedented novelty: sprint races. All pilots of MotoGP they will be able to collect more points in each Grand Prix and the calendar of 21 GPs doubles in 42 occasions to score points. “It will be a nice change, especially on Sunday… With a sprint race it will be difficult to prepare for the “real” race on Sunday. On Friday afternoon we also have to qualify directly for Q2, but at the same time we have to think about the race. It will be very intense weekends, but it is our job to put on a show and we will“.
To face the new World it will take to be at the top both physically and mentally. She hasn’t been able to train much on bikes and motorbikes, she has used this winter to train on cardio, but in the next few days she will finally get back on the saddle. “It’s been a little over a month. I feel much better and will go back to training on the bike next week. I missed it and can’t wait“.