Fabio Quartararo finds it difficult to compete in MotoGP with the Yamaha YZR-M1. He felt this situation before the 2022 Mandalika MotoGP pre-season.
“I’m not saying in a bad position because I now lead the championship. But on the other hand, we are in the best situation since February 2022,” said Quartararo, quoted from a MotoGP interview, Thursday (1/9/2022).
Quartararo said Yamaha bikes always have trouble starting from behind. But when he was in front alone, Yamaha appeared competitive.
“We have a little problem with the bike. Riders to other factory teams are growing rapidly,” said Quartararo.
In Quartararo’s view, his YZR-M1 engine needs more power. He admitted that the power of his motorbike was far less than the opponents who drove the Ducati motorbike.
“We are walking in places and this makes my life super difficult. Basically, if I drive alone, I can be super fast. However, once riding in a group, our acceleration on the straights is very lagging and overtaking is a nightmare so I have to take a high risk ,” continued Quartararo.
Quartararo went up to MotoGP to immediately try out the YZR-M1. He started learning Yamaha motorcycles since joining the satellite team. This French rider even admitted to being frustrated.
“One thing that is frustrating is when you feel you are the fastest but you can’t overtake the opponent in front of you. Two years ago, I screamed in the box and the room,” he explained.
Quartararo eventually moved up to the factory team, accompanying Maverick Vinales. The 23-year-old rider is also the 2021 MotoGP champion.
“At one point I thought, okay try studying, see what you can do, do your best, and see what the results are. OK, finally they know what the problem is. What is needed is to add power and acceleration,” he added.
In the end, Quartararo complained that Yamaha’s top speed was running low from other manufacturers. Even El Diablo was reluctant to sign a contract sooner. One thing Quartararo looks forward to is the development of Yamaha motorcycles. The Iwata manufacturer promised to fix everything.
“In the end, they are trying to make the engine next season better. That’s the reason I stayed two more years at Yamaha. I wanted to give them a chance to prove that they can assemble a fast bike,” said El Diablo.
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