MotoGP, Silverstone and Yamaha rear tire choice: Ramon Forcada steps up and Franco Morbidelli says the rest…

The last British Grand Prix at Silverstone was one of Fabio Quartararo’s last chances to score maximum points on a track that was forgiving of his Yamaha’s all-too-familiar weaknesses. And I missed her. Now, it is the circuits that give a place of interest to Ducati, and also to Aprilia, machines of their two championship pursuers, which point to the horizon. We will have to grit our teeth and not suffer any problems to get out of this period as least damaged as possible while we wait for better days. Having said that, during the last meeting, Yamaha stood out for its lack of boldness in its technical choices, which cost the French dearly. In the ranks of the brand, we talk about it openly with Ramon Forcada in particular. As for Franco Morbidelli, he says out loud what everyone is thinking silently…

Taking stock of his first race of the latter part of the season still leading the general classification, Fabio Quartararo he had clarity about his accounting situation in relation to the paths that await him, with a Yamaha who will point out their technical weaknesses. The World Champion had just crossed the finish line in eighth position, after serving a long lap penalty which then put him back in a peloton where his M1 does not like to evolve. A year earlier, in this same circuit, Fabio Quartararo he climbed to the top step of the podium in a dominated race, winning by more than 2.5 seconds. Alex Rins.

But this penalty to be served was only one of the two factors that put the tricolor in difficulty. The second was revealed on the starting grid, when Yamaha surprised with its choice of tires opting for the medium rear compound instead of the hard ones that all of its direct rivals Fabio Quartararo. It will be remembered that seeing this mountain, Alex Espargaro he thought it was a good day to take points off him, which he was unable to do due to his physical condition. By the way, it wasn’t about April of a ” Italian bluff » according to the same expression of Fabio Quartararo. Today we know that the Spaniard ran with a broken right heel.

Honestly, I see Fabio Quartararo in an underdog position just because of the characteristics of the Yamaha.

But back to the rear tire of the Yamaha. Not more Dovizioso he was determined for the tough. The other three M1 riders went with the hard compound. An error ? Ramon ForcadaChief Engineer of Dovizioso to RNF that will enter April in 2023, it speaks rather of lack of courage. Through a tweet relayed to Todocircuito, pitchfork it says like this: at Yamaha, they really did not make a mistake in the choice of the rear tire. Rather they did not dare to mount the tire that they had not tested during the whole weekend. The asphalt was at 48° at the start “.

A lack of audacity that paid off on the track and Fabio Quartararo detail the invoice: in conditions like this, hard was the right choice. The result is that, for me, it was a nightmareespecially when I had several riders in front of me. The rear tire overheated and wore out very quickly “.

Consequently, the Frenchman does not only have to deal with the lack of courage of the technicians Yamaha in the development of an M1 that is more or less the same as last season, but also has to watch out for conservative decisions in his pit during the Grands Prix… Which brings us to this statement of the his teammate. Franco Morbidelli on his chances of being a starter for a second consecutive time: ” honestly I see Fabio in an outside position just because of the characteristics of the bikes in the race. When your bike is going slower on the straight, you are. “. However, he adds: but he shows that he can do great things while riding “. You also have to put the right tires on it.

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