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Fabio Quartararo on pushing boundaries: "I'd rather fall while in 6th place than in 12th"

Quartararo shares, "We implemented a significant modification to the motorcycle, which I believe was quite effective."

The nearly 120,000 spectators at Le Mans collectively expressed their disappointment when local favorite Fabio Quartararo fell from a season-high sixth position during Sunday's French MotoGP event.

The Monster Yamaha competitor, sporting a unique livery for the occasion, disclosed that his team had implemented a significant modification to his M1 during the warm-up, a change that was retained for the grand prix.

Quartararo dropped from eighth to tenth position in the initial laps, yet by the time of his crash, he had moved up to lead the nearest Japanese bike, ridden by his compatriot Johann Zarco, by nine positions, with Zarco in 15th place.

"Indeed, pushing the boundaries, but I'd rather face a setback while in 6th place than in 12th," Quartararo shared with TNT Sports. "Thus, today was positive. We showed considerable pace, so with any luck, we'll maintain this momentum and experience this level of speed in the upcoming races.

Today, we implemented a significant modification to the motorcycle, which turned out to be quite beneficial. Throughout the race, as I operated the bike, I felt it performed well.

"Regrettably, we experienced a crash, but it marked the first occasion this year where we were that close to the front-runners. We're optimistic about participating in more competitions of this nature."

Quartararo clocked the ninth quickest lap in the race, trailing the top time set by Enea Bastianini (Ducati) by 0.579 seconds.

The French rider, along with his teammate Alex Rins who ended up in 15th place this Sunday, will immediately proceed to a closed-door testing session at Mugello, ahead of the season's sixth round in Catalunya.

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