Fabio Quartararo: "I Am Usually The Fastest Then"
At the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday Yamaha suffered a major setback in their hopes of defending the riders’ championship title. Fabio Quartararo turned his two-point lead into a 14-point deficit due to a crash. Now he is the hunter.
Fabio Quartararo still has the two Grand Prixs in Malaysia and Valencia to slip back in front of ohis championship rival Francesco Bagnaia, but that won’t be an easy task.
Bagnaia has already won six races this year, his Desmosedici is superior and he has the support of up to seven fellow Ducati riders.
Quartararo trails the Italian by 14 points after his disastrous race at the Australian GP when he first fell to the back of the field after making a mistake and then crashed while trying to catch up.
Quartararo at the back of the field after his mistake on Sunday – Image provided by Motorsport Images
The Frenchman knows the problems that lie ahead. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old remains motivated. “After a disappointing finish at the Australian GP, we have a difficult but not impossible task ahead of us,” explains the current world champion.
“We have to close a 14-point gap in two remaining races. In Sepang we will give everything to make up some points.”
“I was very happy with my pace at the beginning of the year when we tested there. We will see where we are now.”
“As I said after the Phillip Island race, I want to focus on enjoying riding again,” Quartararo explained on Wednesday ahead of the Sepang GP. “I am usually the fastest then.”