Quartararo lowered his salary to have an official Yamaha

"When we saw the lap times that Viñales had done in Valencia at the end of 2019 we told ourselves that we had to have that bike," says the Frenchman.


On March 6 and 7 and then 10, 11 and 12 in Losail (Qatar). These are the five dates that Fabio Quartararo will have to seek the limits of the new Yamaha YZR-M1 2021 and try to repeat two weeks later (March 28) the first position he achieved in the opening race of 2020 in Jerez de la Frontera.

Six days of practice in the northeast of Doha that El Diablo faces with great motivation after honing his physique in several motocross sessions in Catalonia. Because unlike last year, the indications made by Fabio will be one of the fundamental pillars that the Iwata technicians will take as a reference when developing the Japanese mount.

"In 2020, even having a factory motorcycle, it was not me who gave the opinion on the parts they gave me. I confirmed or denied the comments of the official riders. Now they will listen to me more, I will really be able to give instructions to the engineers, to the same as Viñales. I think it will be very positive because one of my strengths is the feeling I can have with the bike. I will continue to learn. What is needed is for Yamaha to improve their test team. I am glad they have hired Cal because he is a sincere and straightforward rider. I really hope they establish a real test program with him. This is something we missed last year, "says Quartararo in 'Moto Revue'.

Likewise, the one from Nice reveals that last season he rode the same bike as Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales on the Petronas Yamaha SRT, and not the second-specification one that Franco Morbidelli carried, because at the end of 2019 he made the decision to lower his salary of this year after contemplating the speed of Maverick Viñales in the Valencia test 2019: "It was a choice we made with my manager (Eric Mahe). We struggled a lot to have this bike. When we saw the lap times that Viñales had done in Valencia At the end of 2019 we told ourselves that we had to have that motorcycle, even if it meant cutting our 2021 salary. Maybe now I regret it a bit, but in this life there are bets that we win, others that we lose. Despite everything, we win three great prizes, we can be satisfied ".

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