After a five-week summer break, the MotoGP riders are back at it for the British Grand Prix, scheduled for this weekend at the Silverstone circuit.
One of the most motivated riders arriving at the British circuit is Fabio Quartararo, current champion and solid leader for 2022. However, this will not be a normal race for the official Yamaha rider.
On June 26, Fabio Quartararo touched Aleix Espargaró, an incident that gave Race Direction sufficient reason to impose a penalty on the Yamaha rider. As a result, the Frenchman, who is just over twenty points behind Espargaró, will have to do a long lap this Sunday on the British track.
“I am happy to return, I am going to approach this weekend as I would any other, focusing on how to do things,” the French driver introduced during the press conference for the British event.
Faced with this situation, Fabio Quartararo did not hesitate to show, along with his team, his disagreement regarding the penalty. “I understand that they want to change the rules since the fall of Barcelona, but we have to find a balance between responsible driving and a race set.”
“I know that I fell and made Aleix fall and that I could have gotten a good result, but I don’t see any point. They have to find that balance so that this sport doesn’t become a bland sport,” commented the Nice rider, who he is not overly concerned about the penalty.
“The long lap is important, but it’s not the last race of the year. I don’t have to go crazy. I have to do it as much as possible and I’ll try to work in the best way possible. Then we’ll see.”
“I confess that in the first part of the holidays I was obsessed with doing the Long Lap as quickly as possible. I prefer to lose a couple of tenths and make sure I don’t miss the race.”
Also, the French driver does not rule out being competitive in a special circuit for the Japanese factory.
“We haven’t even started the practice sessions, so I don’t know what to expect. It’s going to be a different race because there’s a different challenge. I have that many laps to do the Long Lap and until the race comes I’ll plan a normal Friday and Saturday , facing Sunday with another strategy”.
“In previous categories I was never fast on this circuit, but in my year as a rookie in MotoGP it was the first time I felt I could fight for victory before the race started. Last year I was able to fight for victory and this is a circuit that is especially technical, especially in the first sector. We’ll see how we do this year and I think there is no reason to go slow”.
“I think the Long Lap is going to be a big challenge for us and I feel ready.”
In 2023, it will be the first time that the season will start in Europe since 2006, specifically on the Portuguese track of Portimao.
“Since I wasn’t there in 2006, for me it’s the same to start in one place as in another. It will be a different circuit and a daytime race, but I love that circuit, so it will be fine.”
Finally, the French rider spoke about the withdrawal of Andrea Dovizioso, a rider who currently works for the Yamaha satellite team.
“He has had a difficult year, he took a sabbatical year and we all know how difficult it is when you have to return to competition after time but if he is not enjoying it, I understand why he has made this decision. He has had a great career with 14 or 1 5 victories in MotoGP So I wish him all the best.”