Fabio Quartararo finished an extraordinary season in Valencia by winning the world title. The Frenchman wanted to finish on the podium at the Ricardo Tormo, but unfortunately had to grapple with Yamaha’s superiority, which forced him to deal with one 5th place, five seconds behind Pecco Bagnaias Ducati.
Despite a hint of regret, Fabio can call his glass half full.
“Today’s problem comes from yesterday’s qualifying,” began Fabio, “On a circuit like Valencia, where overtaking is difficult, it becomes difficult to start from behind and then make a comeback. If you look at the ranking list, like yesterday, there are three Ducatis in the first three places. This weekend has certainly taught us a lot for the future. I’m not worried, but an important change will be needed for 2022, even if we know what to do. “
For Fabio, 2021 is now over, and it’s time to turn the page and prepare for next season.
“I’ve always done my best this season. Even today I gave everything I had, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to compete against the Ducatis. From the outside, it’s difficult to understand the Ducati’s cornering, braking and electronics potential, even if they have a lot more than we do. At Yamaha, we know what to focus on. I’ve repeated it to the team many times and I think they know what to do. “
At this point all he has to do is act.
“When I’ve asked Yamaha about things in the past, I’ve run into them halfway, like in Qatar with the holeshot. What can I say. We have many strengths, but also weaknesses that we can work on for the future, so that we can measure ourselves more easily with the others without having to reach our limits.”