"It's difficult to win with the Yamaha if you don't start first"

"When you're behind someone who has a lot more engine, you can't do better," says Quartararo in the run-up to the Catalan GP.


Quartararo's first two victories in the double event at Jerez seemed to draw a clear successor to Marc Márquez on the MotoGP throne. However, the French and the Yamaha were diluted, especially in Austria, where they were surpassed by the rest of the factories, with the exception of Aprilia. Misano has returned Yamaha to where it had to be with the triumphs of Morbidelli and Viñales, but not to Quartararo, who fell in the first heat and was not able to overtake Espargaró in the second.

Iwata brand problems with engines have been happening since the start of the season, suffering both in reliability and top speed. Likewise, all of Yamaha's victories have come from pole and, therefore, Quartararo directly points to the power unit as the culprit of his latest results: "We are suffering a lot to overtake people, and if you don't do it like Maverick led the race from the beginning) it's difficult to win a race. I won both my races like this, like Franco, like Maverick. So, when you're behind someone who has a lot more engine than you, you can't do better. "

The Montmeló circuit brings good memories to Quartararo. There he achieved his first podium in MotoGP last year, although the Frenchman does not see clear repeating this season: "Let's see for Barcelona, it is a track that I love but it has a one kilometer straight, so I don't know what to think. But it is one. track where I really want to be, because I think it is a track where we can achieve something really good ".

Asked for the opinion of his partner, Viñales supported the version of 'El Diablo' and pointed to top speed as the main problem for Yamaha: "I quite agree, honestly. You are behind a few riders and even if you are a little more fast you can't overtake, all you do is warm up the brakes and it's difficult to control the tire pressure as well. "

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