Fabio Quartararo arrived in Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix with this observation drawn from the four meetings already experienced this season: “ I can’t become world champion with seventh, eighth and ninth places “. Thereupon, he started his performance in Portimao in the rain on Friday by not doing better than a twentieth position. So we were starting to worry about the Frenchman. But he is a World Champion and this type of driver necessarily has resources. He straightened the bar on Saturday then the track dried up, bringing the devil out of its box…
Fabio Quartararo was like a daze this Sunday in Portimao. From Sunday morning, he stunned the competition which received the final blow in the afternoon in the race by watching helplessly a real demonstration. After having brought his compatriot to heel Johann Zarco then Joan Mir from the first laps, the Frenchman then bewitched his Yamaha to race towards victory by widening a gap which peaked at six seconds…
A performance unfolded with an ease that surprised even its author… “ Apart from Friday, it was maybe my best MotoGP weekend so far “, declared the now leader of the World Championship. ” Friday in the rain, I was 20th. But on Saturday morning, I only lost 0.1 seconds on the best time in FP3. And in mixed conditions in FP4, I finished in the top 5 on wet tyres, followed by 5th place on slicks in Q2. In qualifying, I did some really good laps. It wasn’t completely dry yet, so those were the worst conditions for me. “.
Fabio Quartararo said he felt good from the start in the dry warm up on Sunday morning, and his best time said it all. ” I immediately found an excellent rhythm. I was still surprised by my speed in the race, because I rode in 1’39.4 min in the third lap of the race! It was strange because we hadn’t ridden slicks for two days before. That’s why I was amazed when I managed 1’39.4 “.
” Of course, you can always be better. But here in Portimão I found a lot of grip “said El Diablo. ” The last corner was the section where I was able to ride really fast. Entering turn 15, I was also much faster than Johann Zarco. But I didn’t ride any different or better today than in previous races. I didn’t do anything special today. Everything happened by itself, quite naturally. But I have to admit: I really impressed myself today. Because I did almost the whole race in 1’39 min “.
Fabio Quartararo: I have nothing to complain about my riding style”
On the part of the pilot and that of his Yamaha in this performance, he clearly analyzes: apart from Indonesia, where we could have fought for victory given the pace, we have often struggled this year. Qatar was tough because we won there in 2021. This time I only finished ninth. Last time in Austin I finished 7th, in October I was 2nd there! But I rode well everywhere. I have nothing to complain about my riding style “.
In the championship, it is also an excellent deal: from fifth, he is first, because some solid opponents are empty-handed: Enea Bastianini, Jack Miller, Joan Mir, Jorge Martin and Brad Binder will not bring anything back from Portimao. Fabio Quartararo scored 69 points out of a possible 125. Jerez and Le Mans are now on the horizon, two other circuits where the power deficit of the Yamaha should not be prohibitive…
Results of the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Autodrome in Portimão:
Classification credit: MotoGP.com
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