The arrival of Fabio Quartararo in the Yamaha factory team this year allowed him to take a step forward. The Frenchman dominated the first part of the season, winning four of the first nine races and is the clear leader of the championship. These performances naturally left his team leader Massimo Meregalli satisfied.
“I think if Fabio hadn’t had the problem at Jerez he could have won five races and not four,” the Monster Yamaha team manager told the official MotoGP website. “Four wins and two third places are very good. I think he suffered a bit in the first Grand Prix, maybe he felt a bit of pressure, but from the second he started to win. I think he showed he didn’t have any more when he got there. won in Qatar “.
“He won in Portugal, he almost won in Jerez, where he had the problem of compartment syndrome in his arm. He won at Mugello. His performances are very good and consistent, because he was also able to finish on the podium in a wet race [a Le Mans], which were probably not his preferred conditions until then. “
Meregalli appreciates Quartararo’s working method, but also his ability to have fun on the Yamaha: “I think he’s very mature to be 22. I see how he works, how he prepares for races with his team. It was a very surprising surprise. good. At the moment he is very determined, but what impresses me most is that he is having fun. He is struggling in every session, but he is having fun. This is good for me.
The good form of El Diablo is also due to the improvement of the Yamaha.
Inconsistent in 2020, the M1 is now a regular bike on all terrains. The rider from Nice won on opposite tracks such as Mugello – where he favors power due to its very long straight – and Assen – a track where the agility of the bike makes the difference.
“After the disappointment of last year, we really wanted to have a better package in 2021, faster and more consistent, because we suffered from this last year. I think I can say […] that we have achieved both goals. We were able to win the races on fast circuits, but also on circuits like Assen, where a good corner entry is needed. We have done some development work. We have introduced the front exit system, which has given us good results. Overall, we are satisfied.