Qatar MotoGP so a bad season opener for the factory Yamaha team. In addition to their two riders failing to compete in the front row, there was an incident where Fabio Quartararo was overtaken right at the finish line.
The signs that Yamaha can’t talk much in the Qatar MotoGP have actually been seen since the free practice session. Even during qualifying, their two riders, Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, could only be in 11th and 12th positions.
Shortly after the start of the Qatar MotoGP, Quartararo could actually push up to eighth. But after that his position couldn’t get any better. When a tight race takes place in the front row involving five different manufacturers, Yamaha is not included.
In the end, the duo Quartararo and Morbidelli could only finish in 9th and 11th positions. A setback if you saw last year at the same place Yamaha won the championship through Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo (the Qatar MotoGP was held twice in the 2021 season).
Yamaha’s bad luck in the Qatar MotoGP race seemed to be exacerbated by Quartararo’s failure to lock in the eighth position. He was overtaken by compatriot Johann Zarco right at the finish line. The time difference between the two drivers when they touched the finish line was only 0.007 seconds!
What 0.007 seconds looks like, Johann Zarco was back in P19 on lap one before fighting through the field to finish in P8 overall after beating Quartararo to the line / 📸 #MotoGP #QatarGP pic.twitter.com/cC6J24DbZI
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“The other (teams) did a great job all weekend. Considering last year we won two races (in Qatar) and now we are behind, a bit further behind, of course I am worried. We are not at the same level. with our competitors,” said Quartararo after the race quoted from GPOne.
So what was the real problem with Quartararo’s YZR-M1 in Qatar last night?
“I made a good start, then in the second lap the tire pressure became very high. It was very strange and it happened from the second lap and the speed of the bike also dropped. I don’t know why.”
“I tried to the maximum, but then the rear tire, front, decreased. I hope a little speed. But at the moment we can’t do better and that’s the problem,” said the world champion last season.
Talking about speed, Yamaha motorbikes can’t really talk much in the Qatar MotoGP. In the race records on the official MotoGP website, the best top speed of the Yamaha motorcycle is at 349.5 kmh, which was achieved by Franco Morbidelli.
Meanwhile, the highest top speed in the race was Suzuki through Joan Mir. Mir’s Suzuki GSX-RR is capable of lauching up to 357.6 km/hour.
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