This Thursday, May 26, 2022 Fabio Quartararo answered questions from journalists from the Mugello circuit before the Italian Grand Prix.
We remember that the Monster Energy Yamaha driver, who leads the championship by 4 points on Aleix Espargaro and 8 on Eneu Bastianini, has to get a new fairing to compensate a bit for his maximum speed handicap on the straight line … and that he won the race last year before this dedicated to the late Jason Dupasquier.
As usualwe report words here Fabio Quartararo without any formatting, even if it is partially translated (vouvoiement in English, here in French).
Fabio, Mugello and Barcelona promise that there will be two difficult circuits with long straights for you. What would be a good result?
Fabio Quartararo“Hard to say, because it’s not a bad circuit for us, but if we’re in the wrong position, it can go wrong.” I would say it’s a bit 50/50: if we can have a great start and a very good first round, it can change our race, only thanks to the qualification and the first round. So we’ll see how it goes, but I guess the other two will be difficult. »
Last year we saw over the weekend that your bike was 12 or 13 km / h slower on the straight, but you still gained pole position. What is Yamaha’s strength on this circuit?
“I hope to have more or less the same speed difference as last year, because we know that all manufacturers have improved a lot. But I think in sectors 2 and 3 our bike is very good and that is one of our strengths: I feel good in these corners. So yes, pushing the limit is a good help. »
What do you have to do to win again like last year?
“We will have a new fairing. As Aleix (Espargaro) said, a new one can bring him a few tenths, and we hope that with this fairing a few tenths, or even a second (laughs). What I can do is give my best! I did my best from Qatar and pushed myself as best I could and we’ll see what we can do in the race, but I feel confident: Mugello is one of my favorite circuits, so we’ll see if we can have a very good pace and make a very good qualification, then we’ll see on Sunday. »
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