Fabio Quartararo was only able to finish eighth in the British MotoGP which was held at the Silverstone Circuit last weekend (7/8/2022). Apart from the long lap penalty which caused his position to drop from two to five during the race, Quartararo seemed to have a hard time getting to the front row, until the Monster Energy Yamaha rider was finally defeated by Ducati, Aprilia, and KTM riders.
Quoted from the page Crash, Quartararo struggled to fight for the podium because he was racing with a large group. Being in the middle made him exposed to hot air from the rider in front of him. It affects the condition of the tires, so they become hot and lose performance.
“When I was behind other riders my rear tire got very hot because of the other engine (in front of me) and the tire performance went down,” he said.
Ducati and Aprilia triumph in the 2022 British MotoGP Photo: Getty Images/Mirco Lazzari gp
According to Quartararo, this impact should have been minimized had he used the hard rear tires instead of the medium tires. Fortunately, the soft type front tire used by Quartararo did not experience any problems.
“We didn’t try the hard rear tyre (before the race). We made a mistake not to try it. And in conditions like this, it’s very important to use this tyre. Then normally I hate the very soft (front) tyre, but at this track it works with good for us,” continued the French rider.
Apart from that problem, Quartararo also admits that the performance of the Yamaha YZR-M1 is still inferior to Ducati, Aprilia, and even KTM. Quartararo was easily overtaken by Maverick Vinales (Aprilia), Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), Enea Bastianini (Gresini-Ducati), to Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM).
“(Especially in terms of) top speed, acceleration, rear grip. Many things we don’t have,” Quartararo replied.
“But I prefer not to talk too much about this. The main thing for us is to stay focused and not look at the negative points we have, because we can’t improve on them this year.”
Currently, Fabio Quartararo still leads the standings with 180 points, in second place is Aleix Espargaro with 158 points, and in third place is occupied by Francesco Bagnaia with 131 points.
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