A difficult weekend for the Yamaha, who did not start the 2022 World Cup as he wanted. Speed problems in Lusail, but also with tuning. Fabio Quartararo complained all weekend and never found the square of the circle, suffering, however, the overtaking of Johann Zarco at the photo finish, with the compatriot of Pramac who slipped him the eighth position. Worse still went to Franco Morbidelli, out of the top-10 in Qatar despite excellent retirements (‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Jorge Martin above all). The Italian-Brazilian has never been in the race also due to a disastrous start: after only two laps he was 16th. With the road clear, he was able to concentrate on the pace, but managed to grab only five points. But the Soft he is confident for the rest of the season.
“It was a difficult race. We struggled this weekend in terms of grip with the rear tire. This prevented us from having a splendid performance. Speaking of my race, I had a really bad start. I wasn’t smart enough to make the right maneuvers in the first few laps, and I wasted a lot of time. Then, when I got into my rhythm, I didn’t go that bad. I was close to my maximum potential, I felt good on the bike. The problem is that our best was not enough to be at the top in this weekend. But it is only the first Grand Prix of a long season. We know that Qatar is a particular track and a weekend with certain characteristics, so let’s move on. We keep in mind the problems we have, we will work on them and improve for sure. But let’s go to Mandalika with the same energy as always, we’ll try to do a good job there, and then we’ll see where we are.“, Commented the 2017 Moto2 world champion.
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