The moment of crisis of results and performance of the Yamaha it was also confirmed in Grand Prix of the Americaswhere the Japanese team did not go beyond the 7th place with Fabio Quartararo. The reigning French world champion, in fact, had to fight for the whole race after having had a good start at the start, thanks to which he was able to climb from 6th to 5th place, targeting the group of drivers fighting for the podium. However, with the passing of the laps, the transalpine then slipped to eighth position, also surpassed by the return of Marc Marquez in the second half of the race, with the Spaniard protagonist of a spectacular comeback from last place.
At that point, El Diablo he engaged in a duel with the eight-time world champion, recovering a position on Zarco before the finish line but failing in the attempt to get the better of the Honda rider, thus closing in 7th place: “At the beginning of the race, I had a bit of the same problem I had in Argentina, I liked the battle with Marc, against him you always learn something even if it was only for sixth place. It’s frustrating to know before the start that I can only aim for a top-5. I want to fight for the victory or for the podium, a few months we finished in second place, this time seventh. We have stood still, the others have developed. It’s not just a question of the engine, we also need more space to run the bike unlike Suzuki and Honda. I don’t care if I’m the only Yamaha rider to score points, I give my all and I rode as if I was fighting for the win even if it was a battle for sixth position ”.
Even more disappointing, however, is the performance of Franco Morbidelli, appeared to be in trouble riding his YZR-M1 throughout the entire US weekend. The Roman driver, taking advantage of the deterioration of the tires of the riders in front of him, finished in 15th position after having made a comeback from 20th place. However, once the event concluded, the 27-year-old suffered one penalty of one position for having exceeded the track limit of the track, thus closing 16 °: “It was a difficult race because in the end we used a different setting for the warm-up, that we only tried in the race – He admitted – actually, I didn’t feel that bad, but it needed adjustments, and I had to learn to drive during the race. Thus, I was able to improve step by step and lap after lap. It was nice, because I was able to overtake, and that’s good. We will continue to work to try to understand what we need to come back stronger in Portimao ”.