Why Fabio Quartararo Is Firmly Counting On A Podium In Indonesia
Published: 12th October 2023
Despite his recent challenges, Fabio Quartararo is approaching the Indonesian race with a high level of confidence, supported by solid reasons.
Even though Fabio Quartararo encountered setbacks in Motegi, he managed a commendable third place at the Indian GP, marking his second podium finish since Texas 2023.
In discussions with journalists at the Indonesian Grand Prix, the Frenchman expressed his optimism about the upcoming race at Mandalika Street Circuit.
He highlighted a unique tire allocation last was in use at last year’s Indonesian Grand Prix, emphasizing its distinct construction from Michelin’s usual offerings.
Quartararo believes this specialized tire, available only once a year, could give Yamaha an edge, particularly on this circuit.
His optimism stems from the specific tire’s characteristics, which he feels might not benefit other manufacturers as much due to their powerful engines.
Quartararo pointed out that despite Yamaha’s limited changes to the motorcycle, significant developments have occurred in tire technology over the years.
He remains hopeful that this five-year-old tire could yield remarkable results and put him into podium contention, although he acknowledged the need to validate his confidence during the upcoming practice sessions.
Regarding the condition of the Mandalika track, Quartararo mentioned that although it appeared slightly dirty during his initial inspections, past experiences indicated that the track would progressively clean up and become faster as Moto3, Moto2, and the Asian Talent Cup riders hit the circuit before their official practice sessions.
When asked about Marc Márquez’s switch to Gresini Ducati and the challenges it might pose, Quartararo expressed his concerns.
He acknowledged Márquez’s status as the benchmark of the past decade and anticipated a formidable challenge, as he believes Márquez will be riding a highly competitive bike, making it tough for fellow riders.
As for his potential move to Ducati after 2024, Quartararo maintained a calm demeanor, indicating that it was not a consideration on his mind at the moment.