Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo admits he “lost” what to do after an arm pump problem robbed him of an impressive MotoGP Grand Prix win in Spain on Sunday.
The former championship leader took the lead at the end of lap four after falling from pole to fourth place before building an advantage of well over a second.
On the way to a third win of the season, Quartararo began experiencing the arm pump in the middle of the distance and fell back to 13th place.
“It’s easy to know that I had a big problem with my arm,” said Quartararo when asked what went wrong.
“So sad because I felt very easy at the front, I was P4 [on lap one] and I could overtake them.
“I was happy with the pace, we had an unbelievable pace this weekend and just had no more strength in our arms.
“So disappointed, but I’m staying [positive] With the pace that I set, I fought to the end, even if it was a matter of three points.
“But I fight and I stay [positive] in order to.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
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Quartararo had arm pump surgery during his 2019 rookie campaign but insists he has never had any problems in Jerez in his life.
His team is currently reviewing options for him ahead of the French GP in two weeks’ time, but he admits he felt “lost” because of the amount of information he was given about it.
“I have no idea, I can’t answer that question because my brain isn’t working right now,” Quartararo said when asked how he is going to solve the problem.
“I think too much so I prefer not… I already have people looking, my manager, my best friend, trying to find the best options.
“I have no idea, something is sure to be planned because it is not okay, my arm is not okay.
“In Portugal last year it was a disaster, this year was perfect. Here [at Jerez] I’ve never had a problem in my life, this year I have a problem.
“I do not understand that. We’re still looking, but there are too many options.
“My brain is full of people telling me to go to one place, to the other. And right now I’m lost. “
Several drivers – including Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro who finished sixth – had arm pump problems at the Spanish GP, while race winner Jack Miller recently underwent surgery after battling the problem at the Doha GP.