Like his compatriot Johann Zarco (Honda LCR), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) benefited from five days of riding at Sepang. Before the official pre-season test, “El Diablo” was able to participate in the shakedownlast Friday and Saturday.
“The 2024 engine is better, the aerodynamics are better too, but we lack grip”
As soon as he entered the track, the 2021 world champion managed the 2nd time, but within a reduced field. From then on, the real passing exam took place from Tuesday, the day at the end of which it appeared fully pumped upbeing credited with the 3rd time out of 23 drivers.
Nevertheless, over the next two days, the Niçois suffered the rise in power of theDucati fleet, Italian motorcycles placing 6 riders in the Top 7 on Thursday. Having to settle for 11th fastest, Fabio Quartararo highlighted the need to improve his Yamaha in the flying lap exercise, in anticipation of the second pre-season test, on February 19 and 20 in Losail (Qatar).
“We still need to improve our one-lap pace, so hopefully we can take that step forward. This is basically what we need to work on during the next test and the first races. The 2024 engine is better, the aerodynamics are better too, but we lack grip, relating to electronic management. But I think that little by little we will get closer to the summit. My goal is to be on the first two rows in qualifying, or the first three at most, because I know that on race pace I am quite fast.” (Yamaha official website)
A lot of different electronic and settings changes during today. We still need time to find our ways to be competitive especially for one lap. Last day in Sepang tomorrow pic.twitter.com/kQ9ycGxgtS
— Fabio Quartararo (@FabioQ20) February 7, 2024
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To sum up
After a satisfactory shakedown at Sepang, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) came up against the growing strength of the Ducati armada over the three days of the official pre-season test in Malaysia. Find out his reaction.
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