Sachsenring has never been one of his favorite tracks and, even if Pecco Bagnaia probably made the task a bit easier for him by crashing after just four laps, Fabio Quartararo did not hide the fact that the one held in Germany was probably one of the most hardships of his MotoGP career.
The temperature was really hellish, but added to that the fact that “El Diablo” hasn’t been physically fit since the beginning of the weekend. Yet, in the absence of “Sachsenking” Marc Marquez, it was he who wrote his name in the golden register of the German race after 11 years of domination by Honda.
“I feel very tired, because I’ve been sick all weekend, with a lot of cough. I’m speechless. Even the heat was worse than in Indonesia, even for me who was leading the whole race. It felt like an endurance race. and it is incredible to have won on a circuit that I have never liked, so it was a very good race “, said Quartararo, who with his third success of the season also took off in the championship, with 34 points of margin in the against Aleix Espargaro, fourth today with Aprilia.
To all that we have already mentioned, it must be added that the Yamaha rider went against the trend, because if the majority of the riders mounted the hard tire on the rear, he opted instead for the average. A choice that had also generated doubts in his garage, but which in the end proved to be a winner.
“I like to make different choices. Everyone had hard tires and I knew that if we wanted to make a difference we had to try. The pace at the end was slower for everyone and I felt better with the rear average. looked a little crooked, but I decided to stay that way “.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
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His handling was really flawless, because at a distance the direct pursuer Johann Zarco suffered the decline before him, despite being one of those who had mounted a hard tire on the rear.
“The tire dropped a little more than normal, but above all it was difficult to keep up because Zarco was always one second, one second and a half. I would have liked to push harder, but it would have been a risk with the medium tire, so I kept this distance and gradually increased the gap, because he dropped first. “
Finally, the Frenchman revealed that he had noticed the fall of Bagnaia, who is now 91 points away from him, only a few corners later and in a rather curious way: “I saw him on the giant screen. When I made the change of direction between turn 3 and turn 4, I saw a stationary red bike. I had already managed to open a small gap towards him, but I realized that he had fallen when I saw him on the giant screen “.