No matter what the track is, for Fabio Quartararo one thing is always certain: he will find his name at the bottom of the top speed ranking. Austin, with its long straight, is no exception to the rule and in fact there he is, next to last, only ahead of his teammate Morbidelli. And in this case the saying ‘misery loves company’ is not much in the way of consolation.
At the top of the list is Bastianini with 346.1 km/h as top speed, the others (Suzuki, Honda, KTM, Aprilia) are a few km/h away, Quartararo almost 13.
“It would be nice even to have half of this disadvantage, but we can’t do anything about it,” the Frenchman sighed into Sky’s microphones.
Better then to think about his third place in the timesheets.
“I made two mistakes in the flying lap, I think I could have lapped a tenth, a tenth and a half quicker.”
Will it be enough for you to think about winning the race?
“For the moment no – was his answer – To succeed on this track I will have to have a faster pace than the others, because with a straight of more than a kilometer if you get there with other riders close to you, then you are finished. Anyway in the second outing, this afternoon, I managed to keep a good pace, tomorrow I’ll do more laps on the soft tire and we’ll see if we can improve ”.
The feeling is that Fabio has to fight with a blunt weapon.
“To be honest, I’ve known since before the Sepang tests – he admitted – The first week was difficult, because I was expecting a very big change from Yamaha, but now that I know that this is the problem, there’s no need to repeat it every time. I always give my best when I go out on the track, I know that on this straight I lose quite a lot, but I’m staying focused to do my best ”.