Here's Whose "Dream" MotoGP Riding Style Fabio Quartararo Admires
While his Yamaha isn’t working the way he wanted it to, Fabio Quartararo is looking around at other riders. He has a clear riding style favorite.
Over the course of the first quarter of the season, the KTM RC 16 proves to be one of the best bikes on the grid.
Apparently, the Austrian MotoGP rocket is almost optimally tuned and shows itself to be a handling monster, especially at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.
The two KTM factory riders slid into almost every corner without even the slightest loss of control over the bike.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha factory rider and 2021 World Champion, was impressed by the RC 16’s rideability and was particularly taken aback by Brad Binder’s riding style.
“I have never seen anyone ride a Grand Prix bike like that. Even more than riding that way, it was the way the bike didn’t crash at that moment,” Quartararo admires the KTM’s sideways braking.
“That suits his riding style anyway, but to have a bike that allows that kind of movement when following another rider…That’s my dream! That’s what we lack to fight for the top,” said the Frenchman.
"That's What We Are Missing"
The fact that the guys in the Yamaha team can’t move the bikes like Binder and also teammate Jack Miller, Quartararo notes, is mainly due to the lack of aerodynamics on the blue and black bikes.
Although significantly increased the engine power for the 2023 season, it was not enough for such sophisticated aerodynamics as the KTM has.
“If we were to ride with such aerodynamics, we would be four km/h slower and just as fast as before or even slower.”
“We have more power and people think, “Yeah, that’s good”. But it’s not good because we have two small wings compared to the two massive wings KTM has, plus the one on the wing at the rear.”
The Frenchman seems more and more fed up with Yamaha’s lack of performance and competitiveness, urging more radical steps:
I think we have reached our limit with our bike. If we really want to improve, we have to do something different.”
After five races of the season, the Frenchman is only eighth in the overall standings and already has 45 points on current World Championship leader Bagnaia.