Fabio Quartararo expects certain things from Yamaha at the next Sepang test, in February 2022. This deadline could depend on the extension, or not, of his contract in 2023.
Fabio Quartararo finishes 2021 as MotoGP world champion, and he will be able to enjoy a well-deserved winter break. But the 2022 season is already preparing, and his opponents – in particular a certain Francesco Bagnaia – have show that they were going to raise their level. The Frenchman has been shaken up in the final weeks of the season, and will be the man to beat in the coming months.
The Niçois is also counting on the work of Yamaha for the defense of his title. At the end of the Valencia Grand Prix, he felt he had reached “The limits of the motorcycle”. The YZR-M1 suffers from certain problems, in particular a power deficit which handicaps it vis-a-vis the Ducati. However, there will be no less than eight Desmosedici on the track next year. It will therefore be necessary to find km / h to compete with.
Fabio Quartararo had expectations at the Jerez pre-season test, held on November 18-19, but they weren’t met. While he benefited from some new elements, he expected more and described his bike as similar to the one used in the previous Misano test in September. Before inviting Yamaha to bring more new parts to the next winter test at Sepang, in early February 2022.
This Sepang test could be of paramount importance in Fabio Quartararo’s future. In Jerez, he made it known that if Yamaha didn’t deliver what he asked for, he could look elsewhere in 2023. His current contract runs until the end of 2022.
“I think it’s still early (to sign). I don’t want to sign anything until at least the test in Malaysia. I want to see the evolution of our motorcycle. I believe this is normal. I don’t believe it’s normal to sign for 2023 without having started 2022, so I think I know what I want. I will wait a bit to see how Yamaha is doing, especially to see the evolution or not of the new bike in Sepang ”, he said.
“I am asking for very important things. Then if they don’t have what I want, at least they try and there’s a little improvement, that’s fine. But if I see that they are going in a totally different direction, it could affect my future with Yamaha. “
Only Franco Morbidelli has so far been signed by the Japanese firm for 2023. A place is also taken at Honda (Marc Marquez), another at KTM (Brad Binder).
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