For the 11th time in 12 races this year, Fabio Quartararo will start from the front row at Silverstone, but the championship leader did not hide a little frustration after qualifying. Leader after the first run in Q2, Quartararo was unable to improve his time due to a soft tire difficult to exploit and he will have to settle for third place on Grid.
“It was a good day,” said the French nonetheless. “I had a lot of trouble with the soft tire today, even this morning. I was able to do two time attacks in FP3 and I didn’t feel good on the bike. With the medium tire, it was was immediately better Normally, when you do a time attack with the soft, everything is easier and you have more grip, but that was not the case today and I had a lot of trouble acceleration. “
Quartararo felt “a lot of vibrations and no grip” with this rubber, a “strange” feeling which prevented him from setting as good times as Pol EspargarÃ³ and Pecco Bagnaia: “I am not happy with the qualifying because I didn’t feel good with the soft rear tire, ”he explains on the official MotoGP website.
The Yamaha rider can afford to approach the final day with optimism since he was the strong man in Free Practice 4, a session devoted to preparing for the race. Quartararo used the medium tire up front, the one he’s most likely to start with, and he’s happy with the pace.
“The main objective was to be on the front row and we won’t touch the soft tire anymore. I’m pretty happy because in FP4, in the first stint I was attacking quite a bit, and in the second I was smoother but the lap times were coming too. So I’m happy with my pace and the tires. “
“I’m going to do my best [in the race], that’s for sure,” he promises. “I think we have a good chance of a win and a podium. But I feel like we have to move forward step by step. I feel good and our pace is good, so we’ll see tomorrow.”
Several riders have judged the hard tire unsuitable for the very fresh track since the start of the weekend and Fabio Quartararo suffered a heavy fall while using it on Friday after – midday, but it does not exclude to ride again with this rubber in the race if the conditions allow it.
“The decision is mostly on the front, between medium and hard. It looks like it will be a little warmer tomorrow and if the temperature rises, we could try the hard. The tire is not bad but after a crash it is still difficult. I will make the decision at the last moment but it will depend a lot on the temperature of the track. “
Quartararo retains some scars from Friday’s fall since he is not yet able to walk without limping but he does not feel any discomfort when he is on his M1: “The ankle is fine on the bike, it is the more important I just have a little trouble walking but I feel good on the bike This is the most important it will go to the race I stopped by the Mobile Clinic to put on ice and be treated by physiotherapist, but all is well. “
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