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Quartararo’s Mixed Blessing: Gains in Top Speed But Loses Corner Agility, New Chassis to Debut at Le Mans



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Fabio Quartararo: "When it comes to our highest speed, we've made significant gains compared to two years back. However, our performance in navigating corners has diminished."

As Yamaha and Honda continue to struggle in enhancing their performance, the major topic of speculation is when the duo, known for having the 'D' concession, will deploy one of their key strategies by implementing engine modifications.

Engine alterations during the season remain off-limits for the other MotoGP manufacturers, including Ducati, KTM, and Aprilia.

However, as both Japanese manufacturers have experimented with various chassis and aerodynamic enhancements without significant progress, adjusting the engine's characteristics seems ever more essential.

Former world champion Fabio Quartararo, who races for Yamaha, has acknowledged that rectifying the M1's earlier issues with top speed has incurred significant costs.

"Being quicker usually offers a benefit, however, I believe that this increase in top speed comes at the expense of several of our strengths," Quartararo observed.

"In my opinion, the engine underwent significant modifications compared to last year. Ultimately, these changes greatly affected the motorcycle. I believe the turning and grip we experienced previously were far superior."

"Clearly, our maximum speed has significantly improved from what it was two years ago, which is a big advantage for us. However, when it comes to navigating corners, we're falling behind. We need to carefully examine our strategies and approaches, particularly with an eye toward future improvements."

Native rider Johann Zarco, transitioning from Ducati to Honda in the current season, pointed out that the leading speed rankings aren’t solely indicative of engine capability.

"Zarco remarked, "You don't exactly pay attention to it. It arrives when it does. Moreover, this variance in maximum speed [with the Honda] isn't the primary factor affecting the lap time.

"In my opinion, Honda has encountered some setbacks in aerodynamics, which seems to be why we're facing difficulties in the fast turns. Additionally, the approach they've taken might have reduced our speed on the straights. Therefore, I believe the issue doesn't lie with the engine itself."

"I'm unable to make a direct comparison with my past performance on the Ducati where I was somewhat quicker, possibly due to differences in exiting corners or aerodynamics. There were also variations among the Ducati bikes themselves, so factors like the racing suits and helmets, all those minor details, could have played a role."

"Occasionally, achieving the highest speed is linked to the timing of your deceleration. Often, the person who attains the greatest speed is the one who delays their braking the longest. That's why I'd argue it's somewhat unpredictable."

Zarco mentioned that he won't receive any updates for his bike at his home event in Le Mans this weekend. He, along with other Honda riders, decided against using Stefan Bradl's RC213V prototype after testing it in Jerez. On the other hand, Quartararo is set to receive a new chassis.

"Visiting here is always a unique experience, especially since it's one of the few places where festivities">kick off as early as Wednesday!" Quartararo remarked, praising the fervent French supporters.

"We plan to experiment with a few aspects from the trial. Regarding the updated frame – it’s not a huge change, yet we’ll observe the outcomes."

"The intention was to [also utilize] the swingarm, but since there's a scheduled test in Mugello following the race here, we'll evaluate it there instead."

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