Fabio Quartararo doesn’t think the Yamaha M1 is the best MotoGP bike – it gets along well with the bike, but it lacks engine power for overtaking maneuvers.
MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo was by far the best Yamaha rider in 2021 and brought the brand its first world title since 2015. Is the M1 the best bike in the field? “I don’t know because I haven’t tried the Honda or the Ducati yet,” said the Frenchman.
“If you listen to what the other riders say, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It works pretty well for me. We are world champions and can be satisfied. To be honest, I feel very good with the bike. But we have to work . “
“There are also areas in which we have disadvantages in order to be able to overtake. It depends on the track. Everyone knows what we have to work on – engine power,” emphasizes Quartararo. “With more power, we could have the best motorcycle in the field.”
“Yamaha knows what needs to be worked on. At the moment I cannot say whether we have the best bike. But we are world champions.” In the remaining two races there is still a duel between Yamaha and Ducati in the team and brand classification.
Yamaha now needs to be driven more aggressively
With his driving style, Quartararo has nevertheless understood how to use the strengths of the M1. For some observers, his style is reminiscent of Jorge Lorenzo. “I want to be different, but to be honest, my driving style is more like Jorges.”
“When Jorge won his world title, he was a sleek rider. The Yamaha was like that in 2019. I looked more like Jorge then. A fast lap looked slow. But my driving style has changed a lot this year.”
“Now fast laps feel at the limit, you can see that on TV. I think a lot has changed at Yamaha and you have to drive more aggressively now. Of course, Jorge and ‘Vale’ are references for Yamaha because they have been here for a long time and both are legends. “
Last winter there was a team swap between Valentino Rossi and Quartararo. From a sporting point of view, this step by Yamaha was the right one. “A lot of people have said to me that I took his place on the team away in his senior year,” said the Frenchman.
But even in Misano, Quartararo was celebrated for his world title. “It was a great pleasure to see the fans in yellow celebrate with me. I heard them scream. It was a strange feeling because there was Bagnaia and they were Valentinos fans. But they celebrated with me. Since I myself I’m a big Valentino fan, I hope that brings me closer to his career. “