Fabio Quartararo arrives on his home circuit at Le Mans as the leader of the World Championship. It is the first time this has happened, and the Frenchman knows that the expectations are high and eased the pressure in the morning at Paris Saint Germain’s Prinzenpark stadium in Paris. The reigning MotoGP world champion was able to take a tour of the stadium on the Yamaha M1 before the Le Mans GP and then chat with the champions of the football team. “
“It was a fantastic experience to be in the stadium and to go around the arena on a motorcycle. I also got to play with the Paris Saint-Germain guys, which was fun “, Fabio said.
How will you approach this home race?
“I’m looking forward to my home race, I’ll give it my all obviously, but it can also bring more stress and pressure – admitted the Yamaha rider – I’ll try to tackle this race like any other circuit, I want to enjoy the race. with all the home fans. In the last two editions there was no public, so this year will be special. It will be essential to have an excellent qualifying, choosing the right tires, but it is difficult to predict the result: it is a completely different track. of Jerez “.
Then the world leader spoke of the recurring rumors about the future of the RNF Yamaha team.
“If I will race for Yamaha again next year and there is only one team, it shouldn’t be a problem. At the moment we have some data exchange problems with the second team“.
The weather appears to be stable but the French circuit is famous for sudden rains.
“If I had to choose I would prefer to run dry – Fabio continued – but I think that both in Mandalika and in Portugal we made some big steps forward in the wet so I don’t think it will be a problem. “
Le Mans is also Johann Zarco’s home GP, a track that in the past has given him two podiums and a pole and which therefore the Frenchman sees very favorably.
“I hope I can do well on this circuit – Johann tells us – the data are promising in the dry, it will be important to try to have a good feeling with the bike. In Jerez the result was disappointing and in the following tests we tried to find solutions. The energy of the fans will certainly help, also because they have not had the opportunity to let loose in two years. Track conditions will also be important, and we know that sudden changes can happen here. I think Jack Miller will be among the opponents to beat, this is one of his favorite circuits. “
Your results this season have not been bad, but you seem to lack consistency to be able to move up in the standings.
“Yes, the goal at the moment is to try to get good performances in each circuit. After all, in this championship there have been many podiums and many different winners, and the fact that we have been among them I think is a positive sign, we are fast. and we can do well, but unfortunately the two crashes in Spain and Argentina hit us hard in the standings “ Zarco then added.
What are your favorite and most difficult spots on this track?
“I really like the first sector – Fabio is the first to speak – also the fourth but the first is my favorite if the temperatures are good. If, on the other hand, they drop, the risk of crashing increases a lot in the third corner “.
“Turns 11 and 12 are nice corners to tackle as far as I’m concerned, while perhaps the exit from the chicane often causes wheelie problems, Turn 3 is demanding and you have to move a lot on the bike to be able to tackle it” Zarco then added.
In football it is often said that “playing at home” is a big advantage, is this also the case in MotoGP?
“No Frenchman has ever won in MotoGP on this circuit, so the statistics are not in our favor – first jokes the young Quartararo – but I think as good as it is to have so many fans here for us, it’s not like football. It is not an advantage also because in the middle of the race the noise of the bike overwhelms the cheering of the spectators, but we will do our best trying not to disappoint them anyway. “
“Having all this cheering gives me a big smile, it doesn’t happen in other circuits. It is clear that in this sport hearing the singing and cheering of the spectators during the race is almost impossible. For the same reason, it is not even possible that the cheering disturbs our opponents as it often happens in football, I seem to remember a similar fact at Mugello against Marquez, luckily it no longer happened. But overall, even if we don’t hear them, we can see them on the sides of the circuit and they can be a source of further motivation to push us to give our best “ Johann then continued.
There was also a lot of talk about the issue of tire pressure, and a possible regulation as happens in Moto2. According to Bagnaia it is a false problem.
“I agree with Pecco – Fabio intervenes – tire pressure is important but it is difficult to predict what might happen in the race. Between being at the head of the race or being behind other bikes, the conditions of the tires change drastically, it is difficult to make such planning. It happened to me in Portugal that I had lower pressure throughout the race. I don’t know if imposing rules would solve the problem, which occurs only on the front, while the rear does not suffer. Perhaps we should talk directly with Michelin to find a good compromise, also given the general direction taken by the MotoGP. “
“Yes, at Jerez I didn’t have a good feeling on the front and being behind Bezzecchi I ended up in the gravel. If they set limits for safety reasons I would understand, but I think that in MotoGP there are already enough measures and to have serious problems the tire pressure should be really low ” Zarco then concluded.