Fabio Quartararo is being forced to play catch-up in free practice at Le Mans. The French rider, championship leader, had to settle for eleventh quickest time on Friday, more than a second behind Jack Miller's Ducati.
A slow start therefore for the Tech3 rider, who wanted to avoid any risks.
“It was a complicated day as always at Le Mans - he began - this morning we saw the Yamahas use a different set-up, but in the end I am satisfied with what they did. When faced with complicated conditions, I prefer to avoid risks, try to stay calm and not make stupid mistakes. In fact, it takes very little to lose points and compromise the world championship so we have to avoid this”.
Fabio then explained his difficulties…
“We are struggling with braking and acceleration as well, as I don't have much grip. The important thing is that by checking the data I know what the problems are related to. Precisely for this reason, together with my team, we will move in the right way tomorrow to have the necessary confidence ”.
The Frenchman is trying to calibrate everything in every little detail in a Championship where the surprises have not been lacking so far…
“We have the potential to win the title, but I prefer not to take risks, so I have to avoid always looking for the limit as maybe I can do in other race weekends.
Now the wait is for Saturday…
“Conditions should improve and this could be good for all of us. We will therefore have to try to be fast right away, even if it won't be easy. Of course I don't have much experience racing in the wet and it will be worse for me, but I'll have to adapt quickly ”.
Morbidelli: "I know I'm fast, but in these conditions it’s going to be a race with a lot of surprises "
At Petronas, Franco Morbidelli did better, setting the seventh fastest time behind Alex Marquez's Honda.
"It wasn’t easy to understand and find the right sensations on this type of asphalt - he said - in these conditions the only thing you can do is ride the bike and try to have fun. However, I took enough risks to stay in the top ten, while trying to learn and understand”.
As seen today, Le Mans is a track that hides many pitfalls…
“It is difficult to understand what to expect in these conditions, even if I think it’ll be a messy race, full of surprises and unexpected events. Otherwise it will be possible to work quietly and with fewer unexpected surprises”.
Despite the weather, Morbidelli even said he was able to have fun…
"With a MotoGP bike you can always have fun, since they are fantastic bikes and the electronics are wonderful. Furthermore, the tyres for the wet, but also the dry, perform very well even in mixed conditions”.
Franco certainly aims to be a surprise for the weekend, even if it won't be easy.
“It depends on the weather and how competitive I will be tomorrow. I was fast today, but it took some time. But I know I have the speed available to run a good race, hoping for a normal Sunday in terms of the weather. I think we will be ready for any kind of conditions ”.