The Yamaha Factory Racing rider will face an important season in his career in MotoGP 2023. He is ready to get back up after the slump he experienced last year.
The YZR-M1’s main problem lies with its engine. The latest version of the inline engine is significantly inferior to its competitors, especially when running at top speed. The Iwata-based company hired engineers from Formula 1 to try to solve the problem.
However, the results of their work cannot be enjoyed instantly. The pre-season tests were also not as good as Franco Morbidelli and El Diablo had hoped. The French driver said in frustration that he did not understand where the error was that hampered his speed.
Fortunately, on the closing day of pre-season in Portimao, bike #20 made a big move by posting the third fastest time on the chronograph record.
That was Quartararo’s target at the start of this season, also on the Portuguese track.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season. The test at Portimao two weeks ago was positive, so we will face this weekend full of confidence,” said Fabio in a statement before the event.
It will also be the first weekend under MotoGP’s new format, which introduces a Sprint Race on every Grand Prix Saturday.
“We already have an idea of what we will be working on during Friday practice in preparation for our first sprint race on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s been a long time since the last race so I’m sure the fans can’t wait to see us back in action.”