MotoGP – Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha): “The first title is good, but it’s in the past”

Your holidays: “thinking about nothing but enjoying yourself”

Fabio Quartararo: “It went very well, I was able to take days off and train. I really wanted to take a week off, but I still like to do sports, in the morning or at noon. But, of course, the moments in what was needed to party with friends, I was the first to party. A week really to cut, to not think about anything but to enjoy, is something that is really useful, very important. Also because I had the worst race of the season, two falls, I got hurt… So it was important to think and move on”.

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His training: “I like to push myself to the limit”

FQ: “In training, when I get red, I like it, I like to push myself to the limit. It’s my job but I don’t see it as a job, I have fun. To overcome myself, to improve physically, to see that I feel better on the bike, that’s the most important thing.”

His body: “a lot of recovery”

FQ: “I had to do a lot of recovery in relation to the shoulder, the left. I still have a little pain. I moved my collarbone and shoulder when I fell in the Netherlands, my ligament was swollen, I bruise your shoulder. , nothing too serious, just some little things that add up and take time to recover from.”

Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) during free practice for the British Grand Prix, 5 August 2022

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His mind: “keep calm when you don’t want to be calm”

FQ: “It’s been almost a year and a half, two years since I went to see my psychologist, I feel like I don’t need it. Regarding mental preparation I feel like I’ve made a very big “step” for two years. . It’s mostly this: keep calm in difficult times.”

Your brain: “don’t fall by having the right reflexes”

FQ: “The neurological aspect is something I have to work on myself. The reaction time, having very quick reflexes, especially to prepare for the moments when you have to try to save falls, do your best not to fall , having good reflexes”.

His pursuit of the title: “A title, like a boxing belt, you don’t have for life”

FQ: “Being champion doesn’t change anything, I’m not defending my title. I want to win another one. Last year’s title is nice to have, but it’s in the past. I want a second and it would count as a first. It’s a new step. A title, like a boxing belt, you don’t have for life.”

Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) during free practice at the British Grand Prix, 5 August 2022

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His bike: “go a little further”

FQ: “We didn’t improve this weekend. Of course it’s a shame. If you look at the other Yamaha riders… I manage to do good things with the Yamaha, but you have to be right to find solutions to go a little bit further beyond”.

His test in Formula 1: “I’m going to push for a test” with Mercedes

FQ: “I was in Nice at the time, so I told myself that we have to see this Grand Prix (in France in July, NB). It was great. I had the opportunity to ride with Mercedes, last year I was able to test their simulator, so I’m going to push a little more for a test. I pushed with Monster (joint sponsor of Yamaha and Mercedes, editor’s note) but I think “Go push with Mercedes and let’s try doing a day, or at least a few laps, would be great. It could be a pretty cool thing, but I have no idea if it’s going to be possible.”

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