Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo knows the challenges that await him in MotoGP 2022. As the reigning champion, El Diablo will be a common enemy. In addition, he will be ‘beaten up’ by Ducati.
Yes, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer will field eight Desmosedici motorcycles. Of course this is one of the efforts to be able to win the world racer title which has not been felt since 2007 ago.
Quartararo admits facing 8 rider Ducati – not to mention the other manufacturers – can be a nightmare. But that is now something that can not be avoided. Therefore, El Diablo hopes that Yamaha will be ready.
“I’ve started getting my first gray hair (for thinking about it). But we have to believe in Yamaha and hopefully we can find more power next year so it won’t be too difficult to fight,” Quartararo said in an interview with The Gazzetta dello Sport.
So, does the young French racer feel daunted by the big steps that Ducati has made? Fabio Quartararo chose to look at it from a positive perspective.
“Yes, they have made great strides, but I always say they have the riders too, and to have so many of them fighting together is a very positive thing. Between the riders competing at the front and the bike growing…,” Quartararo said.
Then how is El Diablo’s preparation to fight to defend the title next season, including from the threat of paratroopers? rider Ducati. To be sure, he has asked Yamaha to improve the M1, especially aspects power.
As is known, one of the shortcomings of the M1 is the lack of top speed. Meanwhile it is one of the strengths of the Desmosedici. During the season-ending test at Jerez, Quartararo also highlighted the aerodynamics of the Ducati. Now their drivers can corner well.
“We have a lot of work to do. I’ve put pressure on engineer Yamaha. It’s very important to work well, because we saw it also in Valencia,” said Quartararo referring to the final MotoGP race in 2021.
“On a very positive circuit for us in the end the podium is red (Ducati swept the top three: Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, Jack Miller). So, of course there is something that needs to be fixed.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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