Fabio Quartararo (4th / Yamaha): “I’m used to it” / MotoGP

Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo’s home race didn’t go to plan for the world champion. At Le Mans, he was only able to finish fourth, but still held the world championship lead with him at the next MotoGP at Mugello.

After starting fourth on Saturday, Fabio Quartaro knew it would be tough for Ducati up front. The fact that the Frenchman lagged further at the start at Le Mans didn’t help the factory Yamaha rider, as it dashed his hopes of a first home win.

During the race, the 23-year-old bit his teeth from Aprilia rider Alex Espargaro, and the MotoGP world champion was unable to perform a crucial maneuver. He missed the podium by ten seconds, with winner Ina Bastianini finishing four seconds ahead of Quartararo on a Ducati.

“Alex was very fast throughout the race, but I couldn’t overtake. The Frenchman explained after the 27-lap race, unless another driver made a mistake. Also, there were three falls in front of me. There is a lot of acceleration and braking on this track, but I couldn’t overtake. “

“I lose a lot at the start/finish in a row and then I can’t start maneuvering in turn 3, before reaching 9 we will have the same problem. I lose ten meters or more in a row and in front of me are moto winners. I can’t brake after 15 meters,” confirmed Quartaro, who continues World Cup driving.” If you miss out on the start, your race is over. I can cross some tracks, but it didn’t work out this year.”

Then the Factory Yamaha rider added: “I’m not happy with this race. Without the fall I would have gone back so much, I can’t be satisfied with that.”

“Our pace was good, you can see that clearly in practice. Once I’m in the field in the race and I don’t have a clear stretch and can’t overtake, that’s it. I’m already used to it, so I’m not upset,” Fabio noted in an interview. “I always give 100 percent and our speed has been great.”

MotoGP result, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 minutes
2. Miller, Ducati, +2.718 seconds
3. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quarteraro, Yamaha +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda +15.155
7. Nakagami, Honda +16,680
8. Brad Bender, KTM, +18.459.600
9. Marini, Ducati +20.541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +22.707
12. Besecki, Ducati +23.408
13. Di Giannantonio, Ducati +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda +28.710
15. Morbidley, Yamaha +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darren Bender, Yamaha +59,748
– Oliveira, KTM, 3 laps down
– Bagnaya, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
– Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps back
– Fernandez, KTM, 21 laps down
– Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps back
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Viñales 33 14 Nakagami 30 15 Martin 28 16 Marini 21 17 Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darren Bender 6. 22. Di Gianntonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Creators Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team World Cup:

1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 40 11 WithU Yamaha RNF 14 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 3

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