MotoGP Tests Misano J2 Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha/1): “The most difficult thing will be to go to Aragón with the 2022 bike”, etc. (Entirety)

MotoGP Tests Misano J2 Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha/1): "The most difficult thing will be to go to Aragón with the 2022 bike", etc.  (Entirety)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Fabio Quartararo answered questions from journalists from the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli at the end of the second day of the official MotoGP test, which he finished in 1st position.

The French championship leader said he was satisfied with what he had tried in view of 2023… And regrets not being able to use this new engine before! El Diablo having done its debriefing at the midday break, no comment was made on the new aerodynamics tried out in the afternoon.

As usualwe report here the words of Fabio Quartararo without any formatting, even if it is partially translated (using you in English, you in French).


Fabio Quartararo : “ I am happy that we have confirmed that the engine is a big improvement. This morning I took a good slip behind Franco and the top speed was very good. So very satisfied! This morning we worked on the electronics because the character of the engine is slightly different. Now it’s hard to know something because of the circuit, because I did 1’31.3 with a 26-lap tire, so finally you put a new tire on and you don’t even feel like it’s a new tire. But I’m very satisfied because I feel that for the first version of the prototype, I had a very good pace and it looks good. »

Was the good top speed due to a suction or to the power of the engine?
Of course, the 298 km/h was due to a slipstream, but overall the average we did today was good. Of course, 298 km/h was not every lap but just one lap, but if you look at the average it was fine. The wind has also changed, so comparing with the others it was good to see that our top speed has improved quite a bit compared to this year. »

Is this the final version of the engine or will they further improve it?
They want to progress more, so of course I wouldn’t say no (laughs) if they have room to progress. I think it’s not bad because it’s only September and there are several months left before the pre-season tests in Portimão, so we still have Valencia and Portimão. We still have the testing to do and hopefully even more top speed. »

Does the engine still have Yamaha DNA, especially at low revs?
Yes. The character changes a bit but I’m not worried. Of course, we still have to work a bit in the first part of the acceleration because the bike is a bit more lazy than aggressive: That’s what we worked on this morning, while this afternoon I think that we will try an aerodynamic, then we will concentrate on the adjustments. »

Luca Marmorini is present: Were you able to speak with him?
Not specifically with him, but as soon as I finish a run, we always have the headphones and I can talk to everyone. So he pays a lot of attention. He is one of the first that I can see is completely motivated. In the group, the faces don’t express “well, we did it! but faces that say “we want to progress more”. It therefore provides a very good atmosphere in the team and it was good to see all the people concentrated like that. »

Is it important to see it in the box?
Yes. When I was younger, I was more like saying “why isn’t he here? but ultimately I know that even though it’s not really around at the races I know it’s working hard and it’s good to see that the first stage of the engine is a good improvement so hopefully they will succeed in taking one more step. »

Can we say that you have confidence in Yamaha again after a difficult period?
(Sigh) The thing that is difficult is to go Aragón with the 2022 bike (laughs). It will be the hardest thing. I never lost faith in Yamaha but I had a lot of doubts, and that’s why it took so long for me to renew. But before we had any upgrades we tried the engine and I felt they really wanted to make a major change so as soon as I signed the contract the confidence was back as I felt they wanted to do a change. It looks like they’ve done it now, and like I said before, the faces of the team are saying ‘OK, progress is really good but we want more’. And that makes me even more confident. »

Were you able to follow Marc Márquez?
Nope ! I hardly saw anyone today. Just Pecco with rain tires (laughs). He didn’t want to use his tires for the next GP, where he did a few laps with rain tyres. »

Combined results of the 4 half-days of the MotoGP test at Misano:

Credit Ranking: MotoGP.com

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