Fabio Quartararo: "They haven't informed yet what really happened"
For Fabio Quartararo, the 2022 season did not necessarily go according to plan. In the end, the Frenchman only managed second place. Quartararo analyses the work of his team.
For Yamaha top star Fabio Quartararo, the lack of power means an immense disadvantage in the fight for the world championship – and this year is no exception.
Quartararo during the Valencia post-season test – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Looking back, the Frenchman says that some risky decisions had to be made during the season – these hurt his performance.
“We tried things, I was too much on the limit and I couldn’t enjoy riding,” the Frenchman told Speedweek.com.
“This desperate approach probably led to not scoring those ten or fifteen points that would have made the difference in the end. But we had to try.”
For the Frenchman, it is clear that more power is needed for 2023. “Since 2019, we have got a bit more power out the engine. However, I can’t say if what we’ve lost balances out with what we’ve regained.”
While the relationship between him and his Japanese team has always been open and honest, the 2021 World Champion has yet to receive an answer to the question of the reason for the faux pas at the Valencia post-season test.
“They haven’t informed me yet what really happened at the Valencia test,” the 23-year-old described.
Yamaha had started developing a new, more powerful engine. The concept looked promising at the test in Misano, the gap to Ducati had visibly shrunk.
After the season finale in Valencia, the setback followed. “Barely faster than my old engine,” Quartararo described the new power unit at the time. The Frenchman is still waiting for an explanation from Yamaha.