Fabio Quartararo was able to grit his teeth and defend his championship lead on the Misano track today. Surrounded by Ducatis, he keeps his cool and fights first with Martin, which crashed, then with Miller, which he has passed. He then finds himself pursuing Bagnaia in a state of grace alone from halfway through the race, who did not make a mistake, having accumulated an advantage at the start of the race thanks to the soft rear. The Frenchman in the race for the title was not intimidated, however, and he nibbled on tenths after tenths of a second, lap after lap, but that was not enough to catch up with the Italian and he therefore finished with a precious second place. .
From the start of the race, Fabio found himself in a fight in the middle of the Ducatis, but he still managed to get a fantastic result, especially considering the championship. It was perhaps one of his best races.
“Of course a win is totally different, but I think it’s the first time i’m so happy for a second place – not because of the championship, but because I gave everything. At first with Jack, with Martin, I was fighting them like it was the last lap and I passed Jack at a place where I didn’t expect to pass anyone. In the last lap I was a bit too far from Pecco because in turns 4 and 5 Pecco was a bit stronger than Jack and I wanted to overtake on turn 6 but I was too far and I had a lot of spin. And then in sector three it was like a time trial on the last lap of the race. The bank angle he had at turn 12, I said, “OK, now’s the time to keep calm.” It was a great race and that’s what I enjoyed the most.
Indeed, keeping your ideas clear in a race when you have such a large margin in the championship is not easy, yet for the whole championship this year, the young French driver managed to manage the races in the right way while still continuing to push to the limit, and even in races where he did not stand on the podium, he’s always come damn close.
“Today, to be honest, I had three, four moments where I was close to being on the ground – El Diablo suite – A moment with Jack, where he went wide, I went wide too. I totally lost the front end so Pecco took a big advantage. When I was trying to follow Pecco at turns 2, 3 and 13, I was completely over the limit, and honestly, that’s how I enjoy riding. And when I caught up with Pecco a bit, the team would tell me that I was catching up with him a bit – 2.7s, 2.6s, 2.3s – and that motivated me. Catching up with Pecco was one thing, overtaking was another story and he’s really precise in his lines and there was nothing I could do.
How did you feel today surrounded by all these Ducatis at the start of the race?
“It was not easy, racing on a Yamaha, if I had to overtake another Yamaha, it would be an ‘equal’ challenge, but with the Ducatis, it’s different. With Pecco above all, it was a real push and pull, in some areas I was able to get close and immediately afterwards he pulled, of course the Ducati has its strengths but today it had something that other riders didn’t not shown. Maybe I too would have liked to have had the same support from Yamaha that he had today from Ducati, but from next week there will be testing so we will continue to work with the team on the bikes as well. We have some difficulties to overtake, while in the changes of direction the bike is very competitive ”.
How important was strategy in choosing the right rear tire?
“It’s true that with a soft, which was the choice of the Ducatis, we could have attacked more at the start of the race, but personally I had a better feeling with the medium since the morning. We had also tried the software. compound but in the end we opted for the middle for the final stages of the race “.
With your podium today, the nineteenth, you have also become the most successful French rider of all time.
“Not bad for a French! – Fabio replied jokingly – obviously I’m happy, that’s a good thing, but I’m not going to stop there. I will raise the bar even more. “
We also saw you looking at Enea’s front tire, what were you looking at?
“Of course I’m not a technician, but it’s always interesting to compare tire wear based on the different driving styles of other riders. In his case, he was also one of the fastest riders today. Today in the race, so I had one more reason to be curious. “