Fabio Quartararo Concerned - "There Is Often Silence In Meetings"
The MotoGP season could hardly have started worse for Yamaha. Fabio Quartararo reveals concerning details on the uncertainty of the Japanese.
After a third-place finish at the Americas Grand Prix in Austin, Yamaha’s MotoGP project was thought to be on the way up after quite some setbacks to start the 2023 season. However, in Jerez, the next disappointment followed.
After a qualifying session in mixed conditions, no Yamaha rider managed to qualify for Q2. Franco Morbidelli and 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo started from P14 and P16, with several long lap penalties for both riders completing a poor race weekend on Sunday.
Despite some development work over the winter, Yamaha seems to be at a loss as to how to deal with the poor performance of the M1.
Fabio Quartararo Concerned by "Silence in Meetings"
In an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Fabio Quartararo revealed a frightening detail:
“In the meetings, there is often silence, nobody talks. Even today, nobody knows why we struggle so much, why the bike is so aggressive and I have no feeling.”
The Frenchman does not believe that the winter’s improvements will bear much fruit for the Japanese. He sees even more problems have developed than in 2022.
“We added problems rather than solving them. In 2019 the wings were more or less the same, but the bike was more stable. However, try to look at the Ducati four years ago, and now, you don’t recognize it.”
The main problem is that Yamaha simply can’t find a solution – the team seems to be at a loss.
“This is what pisses me off, seeing the others do these lap times in difficult conditions and we don’t even get close,” Quartararo recalls of the damp Jerez qualifying.
However, for the Frenchman, motivation to work with the team and improve the M1 remains high, although there might be some frustration coming up.
“Mine [motivation] is always very high. But there is frustration when you see that four years ago here [Jerez] I lapped in 1’36″3 and this year] I did 1’37″5.”
For Quartararo, however, only the present counts at the moment. He is not yet thinking about his future. But if things don’t change significantly in 2024, he “will definitely have to think of something different,” he explains.
“Now I just want to think about this year, but the time will come. It will depend on the 2024 bike.”