Quartararo's huge rant

Quartararo’s huge rant

Tenth in the Losail test day on Monday, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) railed against the grip of his tires, which he considers “unacceptable”.

In less than three weeks the 2024 MotoGP season will kick off in Qatar, and it was precisely on the Losail circuit that the first of two days of testing for the riders took place on Monday. Tenth in the standings, 597 thousandths behind the winner of this test session, world champion Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo railed against the grip of his tires. The Yamaha rider does not see any progress compared to last season (where he finished 10th in the world rankings) and that concerns him.

« The problem is the same as in the past, namely adhesion. The grip is horrible. When you put the new tire on, there is no change. I only make two tenths of a difference with the medium, whether with a new tire or with a tire that has done 11 laps. This is something unacceptable. We have to find a way to burn the tire for two laps but improve the lap time, because we are really far away, he complained in comments relayed by Autosport.

Quartararo: “To be in P6, P7, P8, that’s our goal for now”

Despite everything, the 2021 world champion driver is counting on his team to find a solution before the season kicks off. “I hope we can find a solution.” Since the Sepang tests (he finished 3rd then 11th and 11th of the three days of testing, editor’s note), we have made significant changes to the bike with Max (Bartolini, technical director), who came from Ducati, while in the past we changed little by little, he confided. Now we can see the difference, negative, positive, but we need a lot of time to really find our potential. »

And to add: “This is our main problem and our main objective for the season, because when I come into the pits, my team always tells me that the pace is not too bad… Yes, I know the pacing isn’t too bad. But if you start P13, P14, P12, you can’t expect to fight for the podium. But to be in P6, P7, P8 is our goal for the moment. » Frustrating for a rider who has already experienced the joys of a podium in MotoGP 31 times.

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