Fabio Quartararo is getting ready to face a two-week raceon a circuit that has the potential to prove to be an obstacle on the champion who still sees him at the top of the standings, but chased with very narrow margins by rivals. Despite a complicated start to the season, this French driver remained good and 102 points with a win and two more podiums to his name as proof of the caliber of the driver who has not escaped criticism against Yamaha since Qatar. Chasing him just 4 points was Aleix Espargarò who with Aprilia had proven to be able to create an unexpected motorcycle alchemy at the start of the season. Further down is Italy’s Enea Bastianini, the only rider on the podium on three different circuits to date, and ready to strike again on a better hunting ground.
So this weekend Mugello promises to be one of the potential turning points for the French driver in a championship that has so far been convertible and highly competitive.
The next two circuits you have to face, at Mugello and at Barcelona, seem difficult with long straight lines. Despite this, you took the pole and won here on the Italian circuit last year. How important is it to get good results during these two weeks?
“It’s hard to say because it’s not a bad track for us – Fabio says – but if we are in a bad position it will certainly be bad. I would say that if we get a good start and a good first lap, we can change races, qualifiers and first laps. Let’s see how it goes, but I think the next two races will be tough ”.
Last year your bike was slower than your competitors and you could still take the pole. What strengths of your riding style and Yamaha would you trust on this circuit in order to stay competitive?
“Hopefully I’ll have a much less similar km difference than last year because we know that my other manufacturers are growing. I think Sectors 2 and 3 are one of the strong points, our bikes are really strong and I feel comfortable. In the corner- this corner, put ourselves in a good way. “
It’s still in the lead in the standings, just a few points ahead of the Aprilia and Ducati, but without coming up with major improvements like the engine for the Noale manufacturer. Do you need to repeat the success of last year?
“Basically we’re also going to have some new things, we’ve been working on aerodynamics and we’re going to have a new fairing. If it’s true that Aleix’s new engine can make him get some ten, we hope to get the same improvement if not more with fairing. In addition, I can only give the best of what I have done since Qatar, but it feels good, I’m pretty sure. Mugello is one of my favorite circuits, today it’s important to find the right speed and the right pace to face Sunday’s race to the fullest ”.
What do you think about the cancellation of the Finnish GP?
“It’s a shame because it’s a track I like to race, but if they make this decision, they must have the right reasons.”