Why does Quartararo stick with Yamaha

(Motorsport-Total.com) – MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo will also make a start for Yamaha in 2023/24. The contract extension was officially announced before the end of the race in Barcelona. There was an agreement behind the scenes a few weeks ago, although it didn’t look like that during the winter and at the start of the season.

Fabio Quartararo believes in Yamaha’s project for the future

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“It was not an easy decision,” admits the French. “We took a little longer to evaluate the project. I had to look for the best option for my future. I don’t remember the moment, but I think we decided three weeks ago.”

“We didn’t just talk to Yamaha. I had an idea in my head that I was going to go one way and the next week I was going to go another. So that was tough. We took the time to get it right.”

His demands from Yamaha have been clear for months. The M1 needs more power because, depending on the track, it drops eight to ten kilometers per hour on the straight. “It’s all about the engine,” confirms Quartararo. “I feel super comfortable on the bike.”

“Every rider wants more grip and speed. But if I’m realistic, when you compare me to the competition, we’re just missing speed. Over the past two or three years, they’ve worked in different areas and probably wouldn’t accept that the bike was so slow.”

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“Now they know and are working on that weakness. After all, Yamaha put in some effort and brought in new people. They know where they need to improve. I was convinced a lot of engineers were now working on the engine.”

However, Quartararo also notes that he does not have detailed information on the new engine for next year. No data is known from the bench tests. However, personnel reinforcements in Japan convinced him.

“My main goal is to get the best bike and be on the best project. Like I said, they convinced me because they brought in new people. They work very hard. They also know exactly where we need to improve.”


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The 23-year-old says, “I am very happy that they understood it. They are doing their best. I believe in this project. That is why we made this decision,” stressing: “Of course it was a good decision.”

Quartararo is currently Yamaha’s clear spearhead. Next year, the Japanese brand loses the satellite team. There will only be a factory team with Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli. In addition, from 2023, Yamaha will be the last motorcycle in the field to be equipped with four cylinders.

The common goal is clear. They want to win more world titles. “I hope so,” Quartaro added on Canal+. “I feel like continuing was the best option. I hope Yamaha makes the best bike possible these years so we can continue to spend more years together.”

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