Monster Energy Yamaha racer and 2021 MotoGP world champion , Fabio Quartararo , has finally responded to rumors of a move to Repsol Honda in 2023. Through La Gazzetta dello Sport, on Saturday (12/25/2021), El Diablo did not confirm this, but admitted that he had ‘other options’ for his future.
Quartararo may be successful in reaching 10 podiums and 5 victories throughout 2021. However, after locking the title in the Emilia Romagna Series, he is difficult to fight for the podium and victory. The main obstacle he highlighted was the weak top speed, aka the YZR-M1’s top speed , which is known to be less powerful than Ducati and Honda.
This obstacle is actually not a new thing in the Yamaha camp. Quartararo’s predecessors have even repeatedly complained about the same problem, but the engineers and technicians of the tuning fork manufacturer have not found a solution until now. As a result, Quartararo pushed them even more by giving an ultimatum.
It’s still 2021, why are you talking about 2023?
Quartararo admitted that he refused to sign a new contract before the pre-season trial in Malaysia on 5-6 February 2022 was held. According to him, the trial will be a crucial moment for Yamaha to prove the solution requested by the 22-year-old rider. If the situation does not improve, Quartararo will open the chance to change teams.
“I don’t like talking about contracts so early. After all, we are still in 2021. People are already talking about 2023 and 2024. I’ll take my time. I’m not just waiting, I want to do things in stages. It’s too early to talk about what that’s going to happen,” Quartararo said.
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Quartararo had met with Repsol Honda officials in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss the possibility of cooperation in 2023 and 2024. The rider, who also has Italian blood, neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the meeting, but he said he was happy to have the option. other.
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“We have several options. It’s better to have this kind of situation than the other way around, namely without any movement. Very good in this situation, but as I said before, I don’t want to rush. I will take my time, leave it in 2021 end first,” said Quartararo.
Despite having the option of leaving Yamaha, Quartararo still has hopes for the manufacturer based in Iwata, Japan. However, the Valencia MotoGP podium that was swept clean by Ducati’s players convinced Quartararo that this was an emergency warning for the development of the YZR-M1.
We have a lot of work to do, and I’ve been pushing them. It’s very important to do well, because as we saw in Valencia, on a track that should be positive for us, the podium is colorful. all red. So, obviously there are things that must be improved, “he concluded.