MotoGP racer Fabio Quartararo officially extended his contract with Yamaha until 2024. The Frenchman admitted that his decision had been through careful consideration.
"It was not an easy decision. And we need a little more time to evaluate all the projects," Quartararo said.
“As you can imagine, we are not just talking to Yamaha. At one stage my head went to one side, then one week later I wanted to go (the other way) and it was a bit difficult."
“Basically, my first goal is to have the best bike and the best project. And they convinced me (to stay) because they would bring in new people, engineers, and they know exactly where they need to improve," Quartararo added.
This 23-year-old racer often complains about the speed of his motorbike engine even though he currently leads the 2022 MotoGP standings with a difference of 122 points. The engine used by Quartararo is 10-12 km slower than the fastest engine this season.
"In the past, maybe they worked in some areas, but they (Yamaha) don't really accept that the bike is slower than others. And now they know and they will obviously work on this weak point."
"To be fair, I feel really good on the bike. Of course every racer always wants more. But the only thing we miss compared to the others, is the speed.”
"So that's what made me really take the decision to stay at Yamaha, I know that they are pushing to bring more power and I feel comfortable with the bike."
"I'm really happy because they really understand (now) and they did their best to find what we were missing. A lot of people, engineers, will go into the engine side and work on that part of the bike."
Top of the MotoGP 2022 standings
So far, Fabio Quartararo is still at the top of the 2022 MotoGP standings. Quartaro has 122 points or 8 points adrift of Aleix Espargaro who is trailing in second.
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