Eric Mahé, manager of the French driver, spoke to the Canal + broadcaster: “We are asking for more guarantees. Suzuki’s retirement? Nothing changes”. But there are no saddles capable of satisfying the reigning world champion
May 18, 2022
M.while a joking video seems to bring the renewal of Aleix Espargaro with Apriliaanother renewal, which now seemed to be on the home straight, is undergoing a jolt.
The manager of Fabio Quartararo, Eric Mahéspoke on the French broadcaster Canal + where he answered questions about the future of his client: “In summary, Fabio’s situation is this: we are disappointed with this winter “.
Words rather clear-cut. Until before the Portuguese GP, Quartararo’s 2022 season seemed a possible one Calvary in reinforcement positions, due to an engine that did not (and does not offer) a top speed comparable to that of other houses. Concept reaffirmed by Fabio also on Sunday after Le Mans: “I’m not the favorite, I can’t get over“.
The arrival in Europe has reshuffled the cards
THEl return to classic European GPs has changed the values in the field. For Fabio: victory in Portimao, second place in Jerez. fourth in Le Mans e primacy in the general classification.
Everything solved? No, for this the manager added: “We are deepening more than usual the developments that Yamaha is implementing for next season. I’m talking about the engine, but also about everything else. This takes some time, we are looking for some guarantees“.
Mahé explained that in any case Quartararo’s intention, already in winter, “was that of stay with Yamaha“. The number 20 rider has been in MotoGP since 2019. He spent two years in Petronas, then from 2021 he’s official.
A bike that Quartararo had been compared to in recent weeks it was Suzuki: “Suzuki’s retirement doesn’t change anything for us. It’s a shame for MotoGP because it’s a great team and a great bike. But it changes more for other drivers. Fabio is the reigning world champion and therefore everyone wants him. Let’s say that an option does not change the pattern of negotiations “.
But where could Quartararo go if he didn’t stay with Yamaha?
Lat the house of the three tuning forks can’t miss the reigning world champion and in the past few weeks Lin Jarvismanaging director of Yamaha, said the renewal with the French was next.
It’s been weeks market hotspots: Honda looks very close to Joan Mirin the last week the rumors they want have been running around Jack Miller in Ktmwhere he would find again Francesco Guidottihis team manager at the time of Pramac. Aleix Espargaro should renew with Aprilia, Alex Rins must find a saddle.
There don’t seem to be good places for a world champion. For Quartararo, leaving Yamaha would be a big bet that he could only accept on condition of an excellent salary and having a winning bike at his disposal. Motorcycle that, at the moment, does not seem to be there. As he had said a few weeks ago, Fabio will choose his future by the summer, just a little away.