Fabio Quartararo is left to wonder ‘what could’ve been’ following Joan Mir’s title win.
Fabio Quartararo suffered his second DNF of the season in the race at Valencia following his off-track excursions at T2 on lap one and then a crash later in the race trying to recover some positions, this follows a series of mistakes made by the Frenchman this season including running off in Austria 1, doing the same in Austria 2, the Misano 1 DNF and his crash at Valencia 1 in lap 1 which he recovered from to finish in P14.
These mistakes and misfortune with bad brakes at Austria and his misfortune in Aragon 1 when his front tyre pressure expanded to the point where the bike was unrideable, paired with the consistency of Joan Mir have meant that Mir was handed the MotoGP title whilst Quartararo was left picking gravel out from his boots.
It has been an incredibly tough season for the 21-year old Frenchman, he impressed hugely in 2019 fighting with Marc Marquez, but ever since Jerez, it has all gone wrong in 2020, being outscored by his teammate Franco Morbidelli and cracking under the immense pressure he has been put under to perform, more pressure than most people would be facing at 21-years-old.
The season has been short and for Fabio, he needs to go home, reset, and come back in 2021 with the smile on his face we all know and come out the gate fighting.
“We have lost many points from technical mistakes and my mistakes, I wanted to fight for much more than we are able to,” said Quartararo.
“The reality is that we could only fight for P10 and I wanted much more and that’s why I made many mistakes, it is tough to accept these mistakes.”
He knows where he can improve which is important for 2021, he knows he must be more consistency and has noted he feels the 2019 bike is stronger and would like test the 19 again to see which is the better bike, the 19 or the 20.
“I think Joan won the title from consistency, we could have been better and brought the fight to Portimao, but I missed consistency which was what Joan had.
Unfortunately, we could not bring the fight to Portimao and our pace here was terrible, I hope we will have good feelings in Portimao.
I think we need to go to last years bike next year, we have not raced many tracks this year and need to take the positives and negatives of the 2019 bike and make the correct decision, last years bike was much better and much more consistent.”
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