Forget the bad results in Qatar, Quartararo focuses on the Mandalika GP


FABIO Quartararo doesn’t want to be bothered by Yamaha’s slump in the season-opening race in Qatar when the MotoGP world champion arrives in Mandalika.

The French rider started his quest to defend his title by finishing P9 at Losail after the Yamaha YZR-M1 failed to hit the track in the desert.

It is known that tire pressure is a problem that prevents him from unleashing his full potential in Qatar.

Towards the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit, Quartararo is very motivated to return to exert 100 percent of his ability to achieve good results at the start of the season.

“I feel good and ready to start racing in Mandalika again,” Quartararo told the team’s official website.

“We did a good job here during the winter tests. We completed a lot of work and completed so many laps, so we will make good use of that.”

During the pre-season test at Mandalika last month, Quartararo was ranked second in the record time with a best lap of 1:31.074 or 0.014 seconds adrift of session leader Pol Espargaro of the Repsol Honda team.

“I don’t want to dwell on what happened in Qatar, also because I know we have a good starting point this weekend.

“I will focus 100 per cent on getting a good result. Our pace was good here during the test, but many of our rivals are fast, so every detail and a split second counts.”

The 4.3 km Pertamina Mandalika Circuit has a straight track of 507m, but the riders can still ride their motorbikes as fast as possible there.

With 11 turns to the right and six to the left, most of which are fast turns, the circuit with panoramic views of the hills and beaches on Lombok’s southern coast offers many opportunities for riders to overtake.

The MotoGP FP1 session will take place Friday at 10:50-11:35 WITA, followed by FP2 at 15:05-15:50.

FP3 on Saturday from 10:50 to 11:35, followed by FP4 at 2:25-14:55, and qualifiers at 15:05-15:45. On Sunday, the warm-up session starts at 10:40 and the race starts at 15:00. (OL-8)