MotoGP Austin: The home stretch will be difficult for us’ – Quartararo
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Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo arrives in Austin motivated after a superb end-of-race battle with MotoGP title rival Pecco Bagnaia last time around.
Four rounds separate the Frenchman from the 2021 World Championship, and if 48 points is a solid lead, as this year has already shown, anything can happen in the Grand Prix.
“Really happy to be back here,” Quartararo said of Austin’s adventure that awaits him. “It’s a track that I like a lot. Two years ago, in my first season in MotoGP, it was pretty good and I think since then we’ve been gaining a lot of experience, so for sure we’ll be a lot better.
“It’s a track that I love and I think we can achieve a good goal. Of course, we know that the straight will be difficult for us, but I think the first sector and the last will be important to recover.
“We start the race weekend with a 48 point advantage, and after that there are three more races, so my mentality remains the same as in Misano. At the start, my goal was not to think about the championship before the San Marino GP, but I decided to continue. I think that’s the right thing for me: to be in the moment and fight for the win if I can.
“In Misano, it almost gave my mother a heart attack and my father certainly enjoyed it a lot,” he continued. “I already had this idea at the start of the year that ‘it doesn’t matter if I fight for the championship or not, I want to win’. That was the case in Misano, and I want it to stay that way.
“Honestly in Misano behind Jack I had a few moments but as soon as I passed Jack I saw Pecco in front and I was like ‘I have to try’. You know, second place is good for the championship and at the end of the day that’s the position we finish, but it’s the race that I’ve had the most fun this year. It’s a shame that we didn’t take this place at the end but the race was good, super fast and I want more.
“In the end, of course, if I see I’m in a sticky situation, I won’t go over my limit, but if I can achieve something like Misano or a little better, I’ll go for it. “