Quartararo extended “by default”?

Quartararo extended “by default”?

While Fabio Quartararo has chosen to link his career to Yamaha for two additional seasons, former rider Randy de Puniet assures that the 2021 world champion did not necessarily have a better solution in the medium term.

This is a response that was expected. At the end of his contract with Yamaha at the end of the season and having not hidden the contacts made with other teams, Fabio Quartararo chose to extend for two seasons with the Hamamatsu firm. Consultant for Canal+ on MotoGP, Randy de Puniet said he was “not at all surprised by his decision”. The one who was notably a test rider for KTM confided that there was “no room” for the 2021 world champion with the Austrian manufacturer as with Ducati.

“There was possibly a place at Honda,” he added. I don’t feel like Fabio Quartararo fits the Honda profile. There were, perhaps, discussions with Aprilia because we heard about it in recent weeks. » Nevertheless, Randy de Puniet assures that the Noale firm “does not have the financial power of Yamaha” and concedes that “the financial aspect also weighed in the balance”.

De Puniet: “It’s a default choice”

Indeed, according to information from the British magazine Autosport, Fabio Quartararo would have been convinced in particular by the salary estimated at twelve million euros per season proposed by the Japanese manufacturer, which would make him the best paid rider in the paddock with emoluments almost twice as large as Francesco Bagnaia at Ducati but still far from the 20 million that Marc Marquez received at Honda. But, for Randy de Puniet, Fabio Quartararo’s decision to stay at Yamaha was arguably the only real option available.

“When we see the performance of the Yamaha today and the performance of the KTM or the Ducati, if there had been an offer from the official team of these two manufacturers, I think he would have gone there, he said. So for me, yes, today it is a default choice. » The former pilot also assures that if “El Diablo” decided to seal his future very early, it is because of the uncertain future of Jorge Martin.

“Yamaha is not insensitive” to Martin

According to him, the Spanish rider “is pointing his nose at the transfer market and Yamaha is not insensitive to this rider.” Indeed, the “Martinator” is not fixed on the handlebars which will be his in 2025 while Ducati has not expressed itself on the future of Enea Bastianini when Fermin Aldeguer is already assured of moving up to the premier category next year with the Italian manufacturer.

“Imagine if Jorge Martin signs with Yamaha, there is no more place for Fabio Quartararo at Yamaha, there is no place at Ducati, at KTM so he can end up in a satellite team, on an Aprilia or another machine, added Randy de Puniet. So there, for a driver of this caliber, it would have been very difficult to digest. » Now that Yamaha has found the arguments to retain Fabio Quartararo, it remains for the Japanese manufacturer to catch up with its European rivals in order to once again become a force on the starting grid.

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