MotoGP Tests Misano J2 Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha/1): “The most difficult thing will be going to Aragón with the 2022 bike”, etc. (Integrity) – Paddock GP

MotoGP Tests Misano J2 Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha/1): "The most difficult thing will be going to Aragón with the 2022 bike", etc.  (Integrity) - Paddock GP

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, fabio quartararo answered questions from the journalists of the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli at the end of the second day of the official MotoGP test, which ended in 1st position.

The French championship leader said he was satisfied with what he had tried for 2023… And he regrets not having been able to use this new engine sooner! Having reported from El Diablo at the midday break, no comment was made on the new aerodynamics tested in the afternoon.

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).


fabio quartararo : “ I am happy to have confirmed that the engine is a great improvement. This morning I slipped well behind Franco and the top speed was very good. Very satisfied! This morning we have worked on the electronics because the character of the engine is slightly different. Now it’s hard to tell from the circuit, because I did 1’31.3 on a 26 lap tire, so finally you put a new tire on and you don’t even feel like it’s a new tyre. But I am very satisfied because I feel that for the first version of the prototype, it had very good rhythm and it looks good. »

Was the good top speed due to a suction or motor power?
Of course the 298 km/h was due to slipstream, but overall the average we did today was good. Of course, 298 km/h was not all the laps, but only one lap, but if you look at the average, it was fine. The wind has also changed so compared to the others it was good to see that our top speed has improved quite a bit compared to this year. »

Is this the final version of the engine or will they improve it further?
They want to progress further, so of course I wouldn’t say no (laughs) if they have room to progress. I think it’s not bad because it’s only September and there are several months left before the pre-season tests in Portimão, so we still have Valencia and Portimão. We still have testing to do and hopefully even more top speed. »

Does the engine still have the Yamaha DNA, especially at low revs?
Yes. The character changes a bit but I’m not worried. Of course, we still have to work a little in the first part of the acceleration because the bike is a little more lazy than aggressive: That’s what we’ve worked on this morning, while this afternoon I think we’ll try aerodynamics, then he’ll focus on the settings . »

Luca Marmorini is present: were you able to speak with him?
Not specifically with him, but as soon as I finish a race, we always have the headphones on and I can talk to everyone. So pay close attention. He is one of the first that I can see that he is fully motivated. In the group, the faces do not express “well, we did it! but faces that say “we want to progress more”. Therefore, he generates a very good atmosphere in the team and it was good to see all the people concentrated like that. »

Is it important to see it in the box?
Yeah. When I was younger it was more like “why isn’t he here? but ultimately I know that even though he’s not really around at the races, I know he’s working hard and it’s good to see that the first leg of the engine is a good improvement, so I hope they can take it one step further.. »

Can we say that you trust Yamaha again after a difficult period?
(Sigh) What is difficult is going to Aragón with the 2022 bike (laughs). It will be the most difficult. I never lost faith in Yamaha but I had many doubts, and that’s why it took me so long to renew. More avant d’avoir des évolutions, nous avons essayé le moteur et j’ai felt qu’il voulait vraiment faire un changement majeur, donc dès que j’ai signé le contrat la confiance était de return car je sentais qu’ils voulaient faire change. It looks like they’ve done it now, and as I said before, the faces of the team say ‘OK, progress is very good but we want more.’ And that gives me even more confidence. »

Were you able to follow Marc Marquez?
Nope ! I hardly saw anyone today. Only Pecco with rain tires (laughs). He didn’t want to use his tires for the next GP, where he did a few laps on wet tyres. »

Combined results of the 4 half-days of the MotoGP test in Misano:

Classification Credit: MotoGP.com


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