Portimao MotoGP take a look at: Fabio Quartararo: “We’ve larger issues than prime pace” | MotoGP


The size of the issue meant the 2021 world champion stated he barely thought of his prime pace on Saturday, the M1’s most distinguished limitation in recent times.

Whereas his pace with the brand new engine was not as near that of the Ducatis because it was at Sepang, the younger Frenchman’s primary concern was the dearth of progress in resolving the brand new tire points.

“In the intervening time now we have larger issues than prime pace,” Quartararo stated.

The Monster Yamaha star completed the day in eighth place, 0.8 seconds behind Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, the rider he has fought for the MotoGP title with for the previous two seasons.

“On the final second, I used a delicate tyre. It was slightly higher, however I did a ‘39.6 and final 12 months, after all of the weekend within the rain, my third lap of the race with a medium tire was a 39.4.

“All of the tempo we did within the race final 12 months was ’39 and I used to be doing it, not straightforward, as a result of I used to be pushing laborious, however right this moment we solely did a ’39 with the medium tire and I used to be behind Marc, absolutely on the restrict.

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Admitting he has “no thought” what brought on the brand new rubber drawback, Quartararo defined:

“It isn’t simply the braking, (it is) the cornering pace, the soundness, the exit from the corners. Usually up to now I used a brand new tire and you’re quicker in all places. So it is laborious to know. But in addition the best way the bike shakes and every part is tough.

“The issue is not simply qualifying, it is also with a brand new tire for the (race tempo). I am anxious about Dash races as a result of if we verify in opposition to the most effective, once they put a brand new tire on and we put a brand new tire on, we’re half a second slower.

“Then from lap 15 to 25 we’re 1-2 tenths slower. However the largest distinction is with the brand new tires and much more on the assault of time.

With simply sooner or later of testing left, Quartararo stated:

“I hope that tomorrow we could have the answer. However proper now I do not really feel prepared for the primary race and I do not really feel good on the bike and that is why, I believe for the primary time, I did not verify the highest pace right this moment right this moment.

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Quartararo additionally tried an even bigger wing on Saturday and “tomorrow we’ll attempt one other (aero) set and that is it. However we did not attempt plenty of issues right this moment. We simply tried to determine if we may discover a good base for our bike.

“We’ve not discovered it but, however now we have to work extra on the decor than on new issues.”

His teammate Franco Morbidelli, now the one different Yamaha rider on the grid, set the twenty first time (+1.6s).


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