Quartararo (Yamaha): “I don’t know what to do” / MotoGP

As the favorite to win, Fabio Quartaro was a huge disappointment when he finished fourth on Sunday at Le Mans. Despite leaving as the MotoGP overall standings, he doesn’t see himself as a favorite in the World Championships.

MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo has taken the podium three times this season. The Yamaha star won at Portimao, and finished second at Jerez and Mandalica. For the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, he was the favorite to win as his speed over the weekend was very strong and Bugatti fit his Yamaha M1

But the French didn’t get going at first and backed off a lot from the start. It was nearly impossible for Quartararo to outperform his home race, thus taking advantage of his opponents falling in front of him. In the end it was fourth place. The 23-year-old lost four seconds to winner Inia Bastianini (Ducati), in the world championship he leads before racing in the MotoGP races at Mugello by four points to Alex Espargaro in his home country. Aprilia.

And how does the Yamaha rider plan to keep pace throughout the season? “Pico is one of the fastest. There is only one driver who has won more than one race, and that is Ina,” Quartararo confirmed in an interview on Sunday. “He has won three races, you have to beat him. He may have had problems on some tracks, but he’s the most consistent driver at the moment. When he has the speed, he’s really fast and he gets the most out of it.”

“I am far from being the favorite for the title,” the Frenchman continued. “The only thing I can do? Make no mistake! With the exception of Austin and Qatar, we have been among the fastest in every race so far. If I don’t make mistakes, we can stay ahead, but as soon as I make a mistake, it’s over. Unfortunately, we can’t overtake nor I know what I can do about it. I’m always at the limit.”

Then Fabio described his main problem succinctly and succinctly. “I can drive to opponents, but then they speed up and leave me standing. That’s why I can’t be the favorite in the World Cup.” In the manufacturers’ rating, Yamaha takes second place thanks to the world champion, but Ducati is ahead by more than 50 points. In the team classification, Team Monster Energy Yamaha finished third after seven races.

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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