MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo under pressure: “I can’t stay calm”

Disappointed for the 5th place in Misano, Fabio Quartararo expects circuits more favorable to Yamaha to keep Pecco Bagnaia at a distance.

Fabio Quartararo (Ansa)
Fabio Quartararo in Misano – Motori.News

Fabio Quartararo hasn’t won since the German GP, ​​he manages to defend the lead in the standings with the 5th place at the Misano GP, but at the end of the race he is rather disappointed. He once again he has to deal with the weaknesses of Yamaha M1, with a lack of power that makes it difficult, sometimes impossible, to overtake. The Japanese house will try to keep its purebred horse at bay in the next test by bringing the first updates of the 2023 bike.

The reigning champion of the MotoGP he tried in every way to keep up with Pecco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini and Maverick Vinales, but in the end he also had to surrender to Luca Marini’s Ducati GP22 who always kept the championship leader at a safe distance. After the fourth consecutive victory of Pecco Bagnaia he sees a red cloud approaching -30 points, not enough to worry him, but he begins to feel the breath on his neck.

Fabio Quartararo 6 steps away from the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo (Ansa)
Fabio Quartararo – Motori.News

The San Marino track proved difficult already from FP2, after the best lap on Friday morning which deceived his expectations a bit. “Today nothing strange happened on the bike, I gave my all, we were still at the limit, but we are far away“, He admitted ‘El Diablo’who consoles himself by confirming himself as the most popular MotoGP rider according to a large survey conducted by Dorna.

To defend the world championship throne, you have to grit your teeth for another six Grands Prix. “The problem is the usual: we lack the power. I wouldn’t say I’m worried, but I’m not calm either, Pecco is very fast, like Enea Bastianini and all the Ducatis – he added Fabio Quartararo -. We must all wake up a little bit“Said the champion from Nice at the end of the Misano stage. He crossed the line more than five seconds behind the winner Pecco Bagnaia, impossible to do better with the means available. “I was completely on the edge. I gave 100 percent and couldn’t do more“.

Fabio traveled at the same pace as in free practice, but in the race the only problem was in the overtaking phase. “I felt good on the bike, that’s the fun thing. But I was only 5th, even when I was very close to Marini I couldn’t overtake … I was just more consistent than Pecco, but our pace is too slow“. Next round ad Aragon, another unfavorable track for the M1, then more favorable layouts should arrive. “It will be tough at MotorLand. But then comes Japan, Thailand and Co. We haven’t been there for a long time. We hope to be able to surprise“.

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