Moto GP – Fabio Quartararo: “I’d rather have five Ducati in front of me than five different bikes …”

He had reason to be more than bitter after a frustrating qualifying session. The best time of free practice 3, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) crashed at the end of an excellent lap that could have given him the pole. It is not enough to depress the reigning world champion, who accepted his mistake on lap 19: “I tried to do my best. I knew that to do a good race tomorrow you had to take risks. Today I attacked 100% and crashed. “

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As a result, the Nice will still come out in the second row, with a time of almost half a second of the poleman Jorge Martin, who fell in FP3, fought in the rematch of Q1, before taking the pole of breath in front by Jack Miller. “Ducati did a great job giving me a good bike. I’m fine for tomorrow, we’ve found little things that help me a lot, I feel pretty safe for my pace. ”, Rejoiced the Spaniard.

I prefer to run against Ducati

And “Martinator” is right, Ducati delivered incredible performance with five bikes in the top five on the grid, a first for the Italian manufacturer, and the first time at Moto GP since Honda in 2003. “It is a pleasure to see five Ducati in front and to have the poleMartin pointed out, before announcing a very tight race this Sunday (start at 8 p.m.). I prefer to race against Ducati, bikes whose potential I know, unlike other brands. It’s like Moto2. There everyone has more or less the same engine and the same chassis, and the races are always interesting. So here at MotoGP it’s the same, only the rider will make a difference. “

Surprisingly, Fabio Quartararo also shared a similar observation about the alignment of similar bikes that will start in front of him in Austin: “I would rather have five Ducati than five different bikes. Finally, no big deal, everyone is fastEl Diablo, who praised the pace of the Aprilias of world leader Aleix Espargaró and his teammate Maverick Vinales, who will be out on the 13th and 14th, also made his prediction for the race of the day: “For me, the favorites are Marc Márquez (Honda) and Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini)“.

Fabio Quartararo (Yahama) during the 2022 Grand Prix of the Americas

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Trying to have a good career, have fun …

Let’s see if Márquez, seven-time winner of eight editions at the Americas circuit since 2013, will try a fantastic comeback from his 9th starting place. The Frenchman will be targeting his compatriot Johann Zarco, who will start from 4th position. And if his Yamaha seems to suffer from a terrible straight-line speed deficit compared to the Ducati (almost 20 km / h difference), Quartararo refuses to lower his ambitions: “I don’t want to think about damage control. We’ll see what we can do, I don’t have a specific goal, other than to try to have a good race, have fun, try to have a good start, make a good first lap and achieve it. progressing“It doesn’t look like the speech of a rider aiming for the podium or the final victory …

Line of departure of the GP of the Americas line by line (Moto GP, start at 8 pm this Sunday):

  • First line:
  • 1. Jorge Martin (ESP / Ducati-Pramac)
  • 2. Jack Miller (AUS / Ducati)
  • 3. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA / Ducati)
  • Second line:
  • 4. Johann Zarco (FRA / Ducati-Pramac)
  • 5. Enea Bastianini (ITA / Ducati-Gresini)
  • 6. Fabio Quartararo (FRA / Yamaha)
  • Third line:
  • 7. Alex Rins (ESP / Suzuki)
  • 8. Joan Mir (ESP / Suzuki)
  • 9. Marc Márquez (ESP / Honda)
  • Fourth line:
  • 10. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN / Honda-LCR)
  • 11. Luca Marini (ITA / Ducati-VR46)
  • 12. Pol Espargaro (ESP / Honda)

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