Fabio Quartararo Discusses Last Lap Move in “Really Positive” Catalan MotoGP

Catalan Fabio Quartararo's MotoGP World Championship weekend did not appear to be going in a positive direction on Saturday morning, as the Frenchman missed out on Q2, while his Yamaha teammate Alex Rins managed to make it into Q2 straight from practice.

However, Quartararo was competitive in the races, especially in Sunday's Grand Prix. In the final stages, Quartararo passed both Miguel Oliveira and Marco Pizzici, and crossed the goal line in tenth place. A penalty for Enea Bastianini moved him up to ninth, with Quartararo declaring his race “really positive”.

Fabio Quartararo drives Augusto Fernandez in the 2024 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

“This was a very good result,” Quartararo said. “There were also not a lot of bumpers in front of me, so, for me, it was a really good race, considering the way we are going. We are less than 5 seconds away from fifth, so that is a really positive thing.”

“Honestly, it felt better than I expected. We know what we're missing, but we're working on it, and I think it was a great race today.”

Quartararo continued to discuss his recent fight with Pizzici and Oliveira. “It was beautiful: I saw Betzecki and Oliveira fighting in front of me in the last laps. I knew how difficult it would be to stop the bike in the first turn, and looking at how close they were fighting, I said ‘OK, they're going’ to go wide.” I decided to brake too early to handle the speed and passed them.

“I can also hold the position until the end, so I think we were smart, and I think the way I raced was great. We are going step by step: at Le Mans the pace was good and here it was great.”

Next up in the MotoGP World Championship is the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, where Yamaha tested ahead of the Catalan race. There is an official one-day test at Mugello the day after the Grand Prix, and Quartararo revealed that Yamaha will also test in Valencia.

“I hope we can make more good strides at Mugello and in the private practice in Valencia after that. I feel like we are making progress, I feel like we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, which is great.”

Alex Rins drives Takaaki Nakagami and Joan Mir at the 2024 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Alex Rins' Catalan Grand Prix was more complicated, as he went wide at Turn 1 on the first lap after almost colliding with Jorge Martin, who eventually finished second.

“It was a really tough race,” the Spaniard said. “It all started at the start. Starting from P8 wasn't bad, but I was so close to hitting Jorge Martin that I had to go the long lap, and then I was in last place.

After the turn 1 incident, Rins struggled with grip.

“I tried to get some positions back, and I tried to ride as smoothly as possible to control the tire, but I felt like everything was working a little bit weird,” he said. “The bike and the tires, I was spinning too much, too much – it had never happened like this before, so, Let's analyze and look forward to the next race in Mugello.”


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