MotoGP Autriche J0 Débriefing Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) : “je pense que nous jouons bien trop loin du règlement”, etc. (Intégralité) – Paddock GP

MotoGP Autriche J0 Débriefing Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) : "je pense que nous jouons bien trop loin du règlement", etc. (Intégralité) - Paddock GP

This Thursday, August 18, 2022, fabio quartararo answered questions from journalists at the Red Bull Ring circuit ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The current MotoGP champion and current leader of the classification was the great favorite for the title before the summer break, but now he must resist the comeback.Alex Espargaro Y 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 it won’t be bad for our bike to slow down a bit compared to the other bikes. I think if you don’t lose the front end when you come in from the right it will be much better for safety and I think it will be better for the performance of our bike. »

This track isn’t particularly known for being Yamaha-friendly, but you’ve already finished third there. How are you approaching this challenge this year?
“I feel pretty good here, especially in the second race last year: we finished seventh but until it rained we fought hard for the podium and the victory. So we have the speed, but we only know what is critical for us during the race. But I feel like in terms of pace, it’s not really a bad track for us, but overtaking and all that stuff, it makes the job a little bit harder 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 little bit better. »

At Silverstone you said that nobody could understand how hard you had to push the bike this year. Do you think something will happen this year that will help you a little?
“Of course, I’m putting a lot of pressure on Yamaha to bring something, but there really isn’t anything else. But of course I am learning a lot as a driver and I think I have improved since the beginning of the year until now. I think I’ve taken a big step forward and I hope I can take another one at 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 perhaps be a little more European. Do you think Yamaha should do the same?
“I think so, because I think we are playing too far from the rules and I think we are too cautious. So I think we have to play around a bit sometimes. For next year’s bike, I think that’s already changing a bit, just as a new engineer arrives at Yamaha, so I think that’s changing a bit, but maybe still a bit too slow. But at least I see him taking on a bit of a European mentality, especially Italian (laughs). I think that’s the way to test a lot of things. Maybe sometimes they think that it doesn’t work but we have to try what they have in mind to give it a chance. »

The two riders with whom you have had the most blows 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 in front of him and you see it’s him on the bike, it’s a bit difficult. And with Pecco, we never really had a fight over a career. We had a long fight for the championship and of course he is very strong. In this room and in the championship are the best drivers in the world, so it is difficult to finish ahead of any driver here. »

You are a friend of Aleix Espargaró and you are fighting with him for the title: will these good relations last the whole championship?
“I don’t think there is any reason for that to change. Maybe outside the races we organize a fight (laughs), but when we race there is a lot of respect: he wants to win, I want to win, everyone here wants to win, so I think it doesn’t change anything but we all have a clear goal which is to win. The victory is the most important thing, but our relations outside the competition remain the same and that will not change. »

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